Deep-Dive Field Guides for Legal Help Websites

Use these deep-dive guides on good legal and government website design to improve your legal help websites. Using better design can help you make a more engaging, user-friendly, and effective website.

Come use the Legal Help Website Design Review at our sister site, Justice Innovation

Design Review for Legal Help Websites

Our Legal Design Lab has created a visual checklist review, that you can use to evaluate your legal help website. Have you covered critical issues, to make sure your website is user-friendly?

Go through the checklist to evaluate how you’re doing and what to improve.

Design System

The federal government’s design group USDS has a comprehensive Design System that shows civic agencies how to lay out their website in clear, usable ways. It includes specific rules, components, and code to use.

Use this system for clear examples, components (like buttons and containers) and principles to follow.

Deep-dive assessment on your website’s design

The Legal Services Corporation has an extensive assessment & recommendations report from 2017, of legal help websites.

Use this report to find assessment tools & metrics that have been used to find which websites perform best.

Design Testing & Strategies

The Michigan Advocacy Project & Graphic Advocacy Project have a guide to using legal design strategies to improve your legal technology efforts.

These include guides for user testing & principles about how to make legal help that works for many different types of people.