Justice Design Project


Registration is now open for #JDP2017!

When: August 28 – September 1, 2017, 9:30am-3:30pm.
Where: Osgoode Hall Law School
Cost: $599, Early bird special (before June 30); $699 afterwards. *Financial aid is available.
To Register: Submit the following to Nicole Salama at nsalama@osgoode.yorku.ca

  1. Completed 2017_JDP_Admission. Please note the form is a writable PDF.  Please fill in the required information and save it in the following format: LastName – JDP Application Form (e.g. Smith – JDP Application Form)
  2. A CV (resume) indicating past work and volunteer experience.
  3. A photocopy of your undergraduate transcripts.

Once your application has been assessed you will receive an email notifying you of your acceptance. You will then be sent a link where you will confirm your registration and provide payment for the JDP.

See what our former students have to say about the JDP!

Justice Design Project (JDP) from Winkler Institute on Vimeo.

What is the Justice Design Project?

The JDP is a week-long workshop for current post secondary students where students will work in a hands-on environment to learn about innovation, its various tools and methods, and how these tools are being applied in the justice sector.

Offered by the Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution at Osgoode Hall Law School the Justice Design Project (JDP) offers students the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary project teams to tackle a design challenge that addresses a real justice problem.

During the #JDP2016 students were challenged to use human centred design to develop a mobile app that would improve the experience of people attending small claims court. To read about their experience in the JDP click here and here. Over the course of the week, students developed three tech prototypes: a legal education game, an ODR app, and a document organization app. Click on the links below to view the prototypes.

1. law-speak (document organization app).
2. legal-go (legal education game)
3. b4-sm-claim (smalls claims ODR app)

Program Outline

You can access and download a working copy of the 2016 program outline here.

Why participate in the JDP?

To improve the system we need to try new things. This is why policy makers, government, community organizations, and public institutions are turning to innovation tools and methods – like social labs, design thinking and human centered design – to rethink the way we deliver justice.

Students in the JDP will have the opportunity to:

  • learn about the impact of the justice system across disciplines
  • gain insight in to the legal profession and the future of law and innovation
  • work with a variety of design tools (e.g. idea generation, prototyping, problem visualization, storyboarding) and apply these to a current justice problem
  • build their own capacity for creative problem solving, strategic thinking, and collaboration

Creative problems solving, strategic thinking and the ability to collaborate are skills needed in all professions, but they are particularly needed in the justice sector where new approaches are required to improve access to justice.

Frequently Asked Questions

For FAQs about the JDP click here.