This paper is a reflection by a law school teacher and corporate lawyer about learning from the design disciplines. The paper describes how design influences the author’s understanding of and approach to legal documents, his use of visual methods in doing legal work and engaging with students, and concepts and language he uses in talking about legal work and legal practice. The paper suggests that practitioners and teachers need not go all-in on “design thinking” to benefit from design. Instead, they can improve their advice and work-product, and their development support of students and new lawyers, through modest refinements in practice inspired by design mindsets and methods.

Mitchell, Jay A., Outlooks, Techniques, and Words: Product Design, Practicing Law, and Engaging Students in Legal Practice (January 17, 2020).

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