Access to Justice Lab
at Harvard Law School
Imagine if lawyers, judges, and decision makers used rigorous evidence to design and run the U.S. justice system.
- Enable far more people, especially those who can’t afford to hire lawyers, to access civil justice;
- Make the criminal justice system fairer and more efficient; and
- Promote the dignity and respect of individuals and families as they encounter the justice system.
The Access to Justice Lab creates and shares the rigorous evidence needed to make these transformations happen.
Theory of Change
Transforming the justice system by:
access-to-justice interventions and gold-standard, randomized evaluations
randomized control trials to find out what works for individuals and families in civil and criminal law
lessons learned and best practices to transform the system
current and future practitioners, scholars, and judges in research methods and results to increase capacity and support for rigorous empirical methods
By The Numbers
Projects in the field
Projects in development
States in which the A2J Lab has projects