Law School’s Design Lab Will Develop Apps and Other Solutions to A2J Crisis

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.