Design Thinking for Legal Services

This course prepares the law student to address the competitive landscape of the legal services market faced by the lawyer, both individually and as a member of the legal profession. It fosters actionable skills and knowledge that translate into creative problem solving for business – their own or that of their clients. This class focuses on design thinking and its methodologies that can uniquely and powerfully address the problems/challenges involved in the business of law. An overview of all phases of this methodology will be undertaken, including empathy and creative intelligence, business modeling, and business/service design. Students will also examine many of the methods, tools, and exercises that are key to unlocking business value as achieved through design thinking. This course provides background preparation for operating a legal practice (small or large), a non-lawyer business, aiding clients in achieving business goals, and otherwise becoming a business-enabled lawyer or business leader.