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Fundamentals of Legal Design

As the legal industry continues to evolve, there is an increasing need to search for new ways to innovate and drive change within the sector. As legal professionals strive to achieve better outcomes, improve services and product offerings and better understand their market, legal design thinking provides an opportunity to transform, develop and enhance existing processes, services and systems.

The Fundamentals of Legal Design microcredential is the first of its kind in Australia and provides an examination of the emerging discipline of legal design and how it is shaping the evolution of legal services, legal operations and legal products in the digital era.

Designed and delivered by Meera Klemola, a globally recognised legal design expert, author and keynote speaker, the course comprises six online modules that can be completed at your own pace.  You'll hear case studies and tips from industry experts, including global law firms and organisations and have access to group check-in sessions with Meera, where you can ask questions, engage in discussion, and connect with fellow participants.

Upon completion you will qualify with a formally recognised Microcredential in Fundamentals of Legal Design from Bond University.

Introductory offer: Exclusive workshop for first 30 course registrants!

For a limited time, we are providing an exclusive opportunity for learners to register for a two-day intensive virtual workshop hosted by Meera Klemola. Places are strictly limited to 30 learners and will be filled on a first-come first-served basis after signing up for the course. The workshop will take place from 9 am – 5 pm AEST on the 5th and 6th of May, 2023. It will focus on the practical application of legal design and allow you to interact with other course participants, Meera and our expert guest speakers. We recommend learners complete at least the first two online modules before attending the workshop.

Meet your course instructor

Meera Klemola

Meera Klemola is globally recognised as one of the pioneering voices in Human Centred Design for legal professionals and legal business. Dubbed by The Legal Forecast as one of the first ‘Legal Designers’ and the host of the world’s first Legal Design Summit, Meera continues to lead and actively contribute to the discourse on the evolving role of design in law.

Meera is the co-author of The Legal Design Book: Doing Law in the 21st Century and is a trusted advisor to some of the largest brands, law firms and in-house legal teams. She also co-teaches with professors at law schools, is a frequently requested keynote speaker at global innovation conferences and a contributing author to various platforms on the topics of design in law, modern work and leadership. She holds multidisciplinary qualifications in law, design management and business.

  • The course is delivered via six online modules that can be completed at anytime via our high-quality learner platform. You will learn about the fundamentals of legal design: what it is, the mental models it requires, how to implement the legal design process to deliver value, and how to take a data-driven approach to legal design, as per the below.

    Module 1 - Building Blocks of Legal Design: We begin our examination of legal design by establishing the key building blocks of legal design, which are required to successfully learn, adopt and use legal design. These
    include mental models, behaviours and philosophies.

    Module 2 - What is Legal Design: To understand what legal design is, one must first understand design. We continue our examination of legal design by first diving deep into the essentials of design. We explore design
    holistically as a mindset – focussing on human-centred design principles; skill set – understanding the different disciplines of design and finally design as a process – focussing on design thinking as an innovation methodology. We then tie this holistic understanding of design into the context of law, to establish what is legal design.
    Assessment: Multiple-choice quiz

    Module 3 - The Legal Design Process: We establish the key phases of the legal design process and how to execute legal design in practice using a variety of practical tools and methodologies that can be implemented immediately to solve complex problems, enhance cross-disciplinary collaboration and support innovation.

    Module 4 - Change Management in Legal Design: It is well acknowledged that organisational outcomes are the collective result of individual change. Integrating legal design into legal teams and organisations often
    requires individual change across mindsets, processes, tools and systems. We investigate the common existing barriers to implementing legal design and the supportive actions one can take to strengthen legal design efforts and manage change towards a more design driven legal team and organisation.
    Assessment: Multiple-choice quiz

    Module 5 - Industry Case Studies: In recent years legal design is moving from an emerging discipline to a well recognised methodology for legal innovation. We look at legal design in practice through the investigation of
    some leading industry use cases. You will learn how companies such as Linklaters, Gilbert + Tobin and Pfizer have used legal design to create more client-centric legal services and products.

    Module 6 - Data informed Legal Design: In this final module, we navigate the role of data and key performance indicators in measuring the business value of legal design. We consider how to gather quality data and how to set objective, useful key performance indicators for legal design projects. We also look at ethical principles of legal design.
    Assessment: 
    - Multiple-choice quiz
    - Create your own legal design project pitch

  • This course is designed for law students and legal practitioners with an interest in innovation and design to solve modern challenges and improve legal experiences.

    Course prerequisites

    Learners should have successfully completed a Law Degree (e.g., Bachelor of Laws, Juris Doctor, or equivalent) and have knowledge of the law and legal practice.

  • Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

    • Identify the principles of legal design
    • Recognise the existing barriers, and supportive actions to integrate legal design into legal environments
    • Identify the key phases in the legal design process to improve and innovate legal products and services
    • Identify, set, and implement key performance indicators to measure the value of legal design projects

    Learning goal:

    Apply the principles of legal design to problem solving in contemporary legal practice. 

    Upon successful completion, you will receive a digital Certificate of Achievement in recognition of your new competencies.

The course is delivered via six online modules that can be completed at anytime via our high-quality learner platform. You will learn about the fundamentals of legal design: what it is, the mental models it requires, how to implement the legal design process to deliver value, and how to take a data-driven approach to legal design, as per the below.

Module 1 - Building Blocks of Legal Design: We begin our examination of legal design by establishing the key building blocks of legal design, which are required to successfully learn, adopt and use legal design. These
include mental models, behaviours and philosophies.

Module 2 - What is Legal Design: To understand what legal design is, one must first understand design. We continue our examination of legal design by first diving deep into the essentials of design. We explore design
holistically as a mindset – focussing on human-centred design principles; skill set – understanding the different disciplines of design and finally design as a process – focussing on design thinking as an innovation methodology. We then tie this holistic understanding of design into the context of law, to establish what is legal design.
Assessment: Multiple-choice quiz

Module 3 - The Legal Design Process: We establish the key phases of the legal design process and how to execute legal design in practice using a variety of practical tools and methodologies that can be implemented immediately to solve complex problems, enhance cross-disciplinary collaboration and support innovation.

Module 4 - Change Management in Legal Design: It is well acknowledged that organisational outcomes are the collective result of individual change. Integrating legal design into legal teams and organisations often
requires individual change across mindsets, processes, tools and systems. We investigate the common existing barriers to implementing legal design and the supportive actions one can take to strengthen legal design efforts and manage change towards a more design driven legal team and organisation.
Assessment: Multiple-choice quiz

Module 5 - Industry Case Studies: In recent years legal design is moving from an emerging discipline to a well recognised methodology for legal innovation. We look at legal design in practice through the investigation of
some leading industry use cases. You will learn how companies such as Linklaters, Gilbert + Tobin and Pfizer have used legal design to create more client-centric legal services and products.

Module 6 - Data informed Legal Design: In this final module, we navigate the role of data and key performance indicators in measuring the business value of legal design. We consider how to gather quality data and how to set objective, useful key performance indicators for legal design projects. We also look at ethical principles of legal design.
Assessment: 
- Multiple-choice quiz
- Create your own legal design project pitch

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