People are going to the Internet to find help for their money, housing, family, work, and other justice problems.

But can they find reliable, accurate, and actionable help online?

Use the Legal Help Dashboard in your court, legal aid group, or nonprofit to make a website that people can find & use successfully.

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Use the Dashboard to provide better help

How Does Your Website Rank?

Visit our traffic & technical quality rankings of US legal help websites to find how your site compares.

Do a 4-Track Website Checkup

Audit your site to see what you can improve on search rank, tech, design, and content.

Re-orient Your Content around Users

Update your content to match what people are searching for, and how they like to find help.

Fix Technical Problems

Improve how fast, bug-free, and responsive your website is.

Improve Your Discoverability

Get your website to rank higher on search engines, and for more people to find it.

Link to Other Legal Help Sites

Link to other jurisdictions’ help pages for visitors who don’t belong on your site, and also increase your site rank through a backlink strategy.

A good legal help website builds a person’s legal capability.

It helps them understand their problem, form a strategy, take action, and feel empowered. It makes them more likely to participate in the legal process, rather than disengage with it. Read more about legal capability here, to understand this key outcome.

A good legal help website will put a low administrative burden on its users.

It will require the smallest amount of time, money, stress, and energy to use. It should be quick, understandable, and built for people in a crisis. Read more about administrative burden here, to understand more about this metric that governments use to measure the usability of their public-facing services.

There are 4 key factors to work on, to make a quality site: discovery, tech, design, and content.

1

Discovery & Rank

Make it easier for people to find your website online — especially to have higher search engine placement.

2

Tech Performance

Make your website faster, bug-free, mobile-friendly, secure, and less burdensome for people to use.

3

User-Friendly Design

Design your site to be engaging, trustworthy, accessible, and clear.

4

Good Content

Ensure you have info on the right topics, in the right language, in the right format.

Use this website’s resources to build a better help website

The Legal Help Dashboard helps people working for a court, legal aid group, law library, or law help site to improve their websites and online outreach to people facing justice problems.

The Legal Help Dashboard is a project run by Stanford Legal Design Lab, with support from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Join our Legal Help Online Cohort

Apply to join our Legal Help Online Cohort to get technical assistance and a supportive community in making your legal help website better & show up higher on search engines.