Context: Law School’s Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER) as part of The Birmingham Project
Student Partners: Joshua Plotnek, Harvey Bithray, Bianca Bunaciu, William George,Lukas Povilonis, Rumbidzai Ruwanza, Wei Tung and Vivian Yeung
Academic Partner: Linden Thomas, Solictor and Lecturer, Birmingham Law School
The Birmingham Project, is a University wide initiative that gets first year undergraduate students to work in interdisciplinary teams to solve a problem or respond to a challenge.
This group was set the challenge of answering the question ‘How can technology assist with access to justice?’. The group was asked to think about how technology could be used to assist people who are unable to access legal advice or representation, following significant cuts to government funding for legal aid in recent years. The group came up with the concept of an app, which they called JustEase. You can see the video they developed to explain the app here via the link below.
To work as a team over a period of 10 days to research the problem identified and design a technological solution that would answer the question ‘how can technology assist with access to justice?’
To present the concept to a panel of experts and answer questions on the idea.