Fellow, Stanford Center on the Legal Profession, Legal Design Lab - 74026
Description The Stanford Center on the Legal Profession seeks to hire a resident fellow to begin in September 2017 for a 12-month or one academic-year term, to pursue their own legal design challenge, as well as work closely with other members of the Legal Design Lab and Stanford Law School Faculty on a range of legal design projects related to access to justice, reimagining legal services, and leveraging technology through design to facilitate the delivery of legal services in all sectors. This position is designed specifically for law school graduates who are interested in immersing themselves in the world of human-centered design and legal services and accelerating their potential to create a new form of legal career through the use of design thinking.
The Center on the Legal Profession, directed by Professor Deborah L. Rhode, supports research, teaching, programs, and public policy initiatives on crucial issues facing the bar. The Center focuses on issues of professional responsibility and the structure of legal practice. Key concerns include how to enhance access to justice, sustain ethical values, improve bar regulatory structures, and effectively respond to the changing dynamics of legal workplaces.
The Legal Design Lab
The Legal Design Lab is an interdisciplinary project in law and design, working at the intersection of human-centered design, technology, and law to build a new generation of legal products and services. The Labs mission is to train a new generation of leaders & innovators in law, research innovation in practice & delivery of legal services, and build new models of legal services. The Lab is headed by Director and Lecturer at the Stanford d*school Margaret Hagan. The bulk of the Labs work is project-based and involves partnerships across the Stanford campus and beyond. For further information on the work of the Lab, please see http://www.legaltechdesign.com/.
Qualifications The Application Process
Application Deadline: March 31, 2017
Applicants should submit the following via the Cardinal Careers website: https://stanfordcareers.stanford.edu/job-search?jobId=74026
(1) cover letter (should particularly explain your experience with user-centered design thinking)
(2) resume or CV,
(3) A portfolio of earlier projects you have worked on (including, for example, project plans, visuals, prototypes, business models, or other portfolio pieces that demonstrate your ability to implement projects).
(4) official law school transcript (if applicable)
(5) two letters of recommendation sent directly from the writer to email@example.com
(6) 1500 word challenge proposal that describes the proposed work during the fellowship period and explains the projects significance to the interrelated missions of the Center and the Lab. The parameters for your challenge are relatively broad. We are seeking proposals that (1) identify and generally describe a law or legal services problem that has proved frustratingly intractable to solve, (2) a hypothesis of how and why user-centered design might apply, and (3) a general proposal for how you would research, test, and develop your project over the year of the fellowship.
(7) a visual diagram of the way you would spend your time on the fellowship, and what types of output deliverables you envision creating. We ask you to create a timeline with how you would ideally spend your fellowship time, what you would create, who you would be interacting with, and any other things you think are relevant to include.
For example, one challenge could be the failure of the internet to guide people to reliable and quality legal information or assistance, with the hypothesis that legal information has been structured for lawyers and assistance limited to that which is given by a live lawyer, and the project would involve psychological, social science, and legal research into online engagement and an in-depth lay person centered design project involving the major search engines and public sources of legal information to develop a proposal for re-imagining search as it is applied to law and legal services (this, in summary, is one of the projects already underway in the Lab). The end result of this fellowship may be a project presentation to all stakeholders and/or a publication (law review or other).
Candidates will be selected on the basis of their academic merit and the intellectual contribution of their research proposal. JD is preferred but not required. This is a one year term position not open for renewal. This is not a pre-academia track fellowship.
All inquires about the program and applications should be submitted to:
Executive Director, Center on the Legal Profession
Stanford Law School
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, California 94305-8610
Tel (650) 723-9505
Location: School of Law
Job Code: 1384