What is the Legal Design Derby?

In teams of three or four during a day-long sprint, law students use human-centered design principles to develop, refine, and present a prototype. Final presentations of the developed idea will be reviewed at the Solutions Showcase at the end of the day, and monetary prizes awarded to top teams. 

We’re excited to partner with Legal Aid of North Carolina’s new Innovation Lab for the fall 2023 Derby. For promising ideas, participants may receive financial support, academic credit, mentoring, and other resources in Spring or Summer 2024 to explore, build and implement their idea in partnership with Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Innovation Lab. Learn more.

Legal Design Derby is open to all North Carolina law students, with priority for space given to 2L, 3L, and LLM students.

The Legal Design Derby is co-hosted by Duke Center on Law & Tech and North Carolina Central University Technology Law and Policy Center. Thank you to Lawyers Mutual Consulting & Services for their sponsorship of this event. Special thanks to LexisNexis for sponsoring the Duke Center on Law & Tech which helps make this program possible.

Why participate?

  • Help to make tomorrow’s legal system better than today’s 
  • Cultivate a deeper understanding of how the pandemic impacted the legal system and access to justice
  • Learn fundamental human-centered design skills that bolster creativity and are a growing part of many professional positions 
  • Develop teamwork skills and connect with mentors, alumni, and stakeholders 
  • Compete for prize money 
  • Have fun! 


Email Kelli Raker at kelli.raker@law.duke.edu or Diane Littlejohn at dlittl23@nccu.edu.