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2017-06-19 18:48:04

 

BYU Law School’s new legal design lab aims to find solutions to access-to-justice crisis

Brigham Young University on Monday announced that its law school is a launching a legal design lab, which for its first project will help pro se defendants in Utah answer civil lawsuits.

“There’s a crisis in law right now, and it’s that legal services are very expensive,” Kimball Parker, the program director for LawX, told the Deseret News. The offering is inspired by Stanford University’s Legal Design Lab, which is led by Margaret Hagan, a 2013 ABA Journal Legal Rebel.

There are now more than 15 law schools with innovation centers, according to the American Bar Association’s Center for Innovation.

“LawX will tackle some of the most challenging issues facing our legal system today. Some gaps in legal services may not be attractive targets for innovation by small, private startups or larger profit-oriented businesses, but closing these gaps would make a tremendous difference to many people who feel priced out of the market for legal services,” Gordon Smith, dean of BYU Law School, said in a press release.