Kimball Parker and D. Gordon Smith

This fall, BYU Law School in Provo, Utah, will launch an innovative design lab, called LawX, in which second- and third-year law students will step into the role of entrepreneur to design apps and other solutions to help address Utah’s critical gap in access to legal services

Six-to-eight law students will participate in the inaugural LawX class this fall, with the mission of designing a way to help self-represented litigants respond when they are served with a lawsuit. Each semester thereafter, the class will focus on coming up with a product or solution to address one problem in law.

LawX is the brainchild of the law school’s dean, D. Gordon Smith, and Kimball D. Parker, a lawyer and the founder of CO/COUNSEL, a legal education and crowdsourcing site.

I have a full report on the new design lab in my column this week at Above the Law: Law School’s New A2J Design Lab Will Put Students in Shoes of Entrepreneurs.