Want to do legal design work yourself? Explore the Legal Design Alliance’s resources, as well as those of our members and their organizations.

Legal Information Design library

Our members share their documents and designs for others to use. They are licensed through the Creative Commons license, to encourage replication of good design.

Please explore this Github  with an initial collection of legal help flowcharts and guides from Stanford Legal Design Lab that you can adapt.

Evaluation tools

Do you want to measure your current legal communications or technology? LeDA offers standard, vetted research tools to evaluate current designs and identify how to make them better.

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What to Read

Find articles, books, academic publications, and visual stories from LeDA members, to help you work better in legal design.

Buchanan, Richard. 2001. “Human Dignity and Human Rights: Thoughts on the Principles of Human-Centered Design.” Design Issues 17 (3): 302–7.

Curtotti, Michael, Haapio, Helena, & Passera, Stefania. 2015.“Interdisciplinary Cooperation in Legal Design and Communication.” In: Schweighofer E. et al. (Eds.) Co-operation. Proceedings of the 18th International Legal Informatics Symposium IRIS 2015. Österreichische Computer Gesellschaft, pp. 455–462 https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2630953

Ducato, Rossana. 2018. “House of Terms: Fixing the Information Paradigm with Legal Design.” Poster presentation at BILETA Conference 2018 “Digital Futures: places and people, technology and data”, University of Aberdeen, 10-11 April 2018.  https://ssrn.com/abstract=3156922

Haapio, Helena, and Margaret Hagan. 2016. “Design Patterns for Contracts.” Internationales Rechtsinformatik Symposion IRIS 388 (February): 8. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2747280

Haapio, Helena, Margaret Hagan, Monica Palmirani, and Arianna Rossi. 2018. “Legal Design Patterns for Privacy.” In Data Protection / LegalTech. Proceedings of the 21th International Legal Informatics Symposium IRIS, edited by Erich Schweighofer et Al., 445–50. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3144250.

Haapio, Helena, Daniela Alina Plewe, and Robert de Rooy. 2016. “Next Generation Deal Design: Comics and Visual Platforms for Contracting.” Internationales Rechtsinformatik Symposion IRIS 380 (February): 8. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2747821

Hagan, Margaret, and Miso Kim. 2018. “Design for Dignity and Procedural Justice.” In Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 585:135–45. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2994354

Hagan, Margaret D. 2018. “A Human-Centered Design Approach to Access to Justice Generating New Prototypes and Hypotheses for Intervention to Make Courts User-Friendly.” Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality 6 (2): 199–239. https://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1083&context=ijlse 

Hagan, Margaret. 2018. “Justice Innovation with Law School Design Labs.” ABA Dialogue. https://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_services/publications/dialogue/volume/21/spring-2018/iolta-design-labs.html

Hagan, Margaret. 2016. “User-Centered Privacy Communication Design.” In Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS), 1–7. https://ssrn.com/abstract=2981075

Hagan, Margaret. 2016. “The User Experience of the Internet as a Legal Help Service : Defining Standards for the next Generation of User-Friendly Online Legal Services.” Va. JL & Tech. 20 (2): 395–465. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2942478

Hagan, Margaret. 2013-ongoing. “Law by Design”. http://www.lawbydesign.co/en/home

Jackson, Dan. 2016. “Human-Centered Legal Tech: Integrating Design in Legal Education.” Law Teacher 50 (1): 82–97. http://www.nulawlab.org/view/human-centered-legal-tech-integrating-design-in-legal-education 

Junginger, Sabine. 2013. “Design and Innovation in the Public Sector: Matters of Design in Policy-Making and Policy Implementation.” Annual Review of Policy Design 1 (1): 1–11. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/271210543/download.

Mitchell, Jay A. 2013. “Putting Some Product into Work-Product: Corporate Lawyers Learning from Designers.” SSRNhttps://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2325683 

Palmirani, Monica, Arianna Rossi, Michele Martoni, and Margaret Hagan. 2018. “A Methodological Framework to Design a Machine-Readable Privacy Icon Set.” In Data Protection / LegalTech Proceedings of the 21st International Legal Informatics Symposium IRIS. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3195937

Passera, Stefania. 2018. “Flowcharts, Swimlanes, and Timelines: Alternatives to Prose in Communicating Legal–Bureaucratic Instructions to Civil Servants.” Journal of Business and Technical Communication 32 (2): 229–72. https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/bitstream/handle/123456789/27292/article3.pdf?sequence=6&isAllowed=y

Passera, Stefania, Kankaanranta, Anne, & Louhiala-Salminen, Leena. 2017.“Diagrams in Contracts: Fostering Understanding in Global Business Communication.” IEEE Transactions of Professional Communication. Vol.60, n.2, https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/bitstream/handle/123456789/27292/article4.pdf?sequence=7&isAllowed=y

Passera, Stefania, and Helena Haapio. 2013. “Transforming Contracts from Legal Rules to User-Centered Communication Tools: A Human-Information Interaction Challenge.” Communication Design Quarterly, no. April: 38–45. https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2466498

Passera, Stefania, Haapio, Haapio, Curtotti, Michael. 2014. “Making The Meaning of Contracts Visible – Automating Contract Visualization.” In: Schweighofer E. et al. (Eds.) Transparency. Proceedings of the 18th International Legal Informatics Symposium IRIS 2014. Österreichische Computer Gesellschaft, pp. 443–450. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2630609

Passera, Stefania, Helena Haapio, and Thomas D Barton. 2012. “Innovating Contract Practices: Merging Contract Design with Information Design.” CWSL Scholarly Commons, 1–23. http://scholarlycommons.law.cwsl.edu/fs

Perry-Kessaris, Amanda (Forthcoming 2019) Legal Design for Practice, Activism, Policy and Research 46:2 Journal of Law and Society. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3295671 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3295671

Quintanilla, Victor D. 2018. “Human-Centered Civil Justice Design.” Penn State Law Review 121 (3). Accessed February 3. http://www.pennstatelawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Article-3.3-Quintanilla-Final.pdf.

Szabo, Mark. 2010. “Design Thinking in Legal Practice Management.” Design Management Review 21 (3): 44–46. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/264251571_Design_Thinking_in_Legal_Practice_Management

Waller, Roberts, Haapio, Helena, & Passera, Stefania. 2017. “Contract simplification: the why and the how.” IACCM Contracting Excellence Journal, 24 July 2017. https://journal.iaccm.com/contracting-excellence-journal/contract-simplification-the-why-and-the-how

Young, Jamie. 2011. “A Virtual Day in Court: Design Thinking and Virtual Courts.” https://www.cep-probation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/DUTT-Summary-RSA-Project-A-Virtual-Day-in-Court.pdf