Can computing technologies help provide access to justice, provide legal aid more effectively, or make government and the law more open? In the U.S., nearly a million people are turned away from federally funded legal aid services a year; new, scalable solutions are needed.
In 6.S086: Law is Code, small teams will learn about the challenges that legal aid organizations and public agencies face, choose a project, and develop software that addresses their need. Examples might include:
an app that determine whether people qualify for legal assistance or expunge their criminal record;
interactive data visualizations on open government datasets;
systems that would help under-resourced public interest lawyers or organizations serve more clients.