Come play the new Law Dojo online app

MargaretLaw Games

We have rolled out an online, desktop version of Law Dojo. You can play all your favorite topics for free — though we don’t have all the features that are included in the mobile phone app, including stats, timer, levels, and choose-your-specific-topic within a subject area. All you need to do is visit Law Dojo, find the game you want … Read More

User-centered design to create new law games

MargaretDesign Process, Game Design Resources

I attended a Stanford d.school workshop, sponsored by GameDesk, on creating new kinds of games. First we learned how young people today learn, absorb information, and use games to do so. Then we workshopped and brainstormed what kinds of new games we could create to teach young people complex information, like law and civics.   

Does the government actually have “probable cause” for a warrant?

MargaretDrawn Laws

And one final set of sketches from my Criminal Procedure notebook — this time about whether the government actually has a valid warrant, based on their claim of “probable cause”. These two pages are one long flowchart that set out the conditions for valid probable cause. Build more legal knowledge, and study up on your rights around the police and … Read More

Can you get a government search thrown out, even if you consented to it?

MargaretDrawn Laws

It’s the final countdown to this summer’s bar exam! Here’s one more flowchart from my Criminal Procedure sketchbook, this time about how to get things that the government found during a search (that you consented to) thrown out as evidence. Build more legal knowledge, and study up on your rights around the police and government agents: play Law Dojo — … Read More

Do you have a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy?

MargaretDrawn Laws

Two sketches from criminal procedure — all about the nebulous concept on whether a person can legally expect privacy in a situation. The standard is ‘reasonable expectation of privacy’ — and these cartoons start to explain what that means in specific contexts. Want to learn more about your privacy rights? Build more legal knowledge, and study up on your rights … Read More

Was it legal that the police stopped (and frisked) you? #barexam law cartoon

MargaretDrawn Laws

Some more criminal procedure notebook sketches — this time a short flowchart about whether it was legal that the police (or government agent) stopped you — and possibly frisked you. Here are the conditions that need to be met for stops-and-frisks to be legal under the Constitution (and case law that came from it). P.C. means ‘probable cause’ in my … Read More

Have the police truly ‘seized’ you? : #barexam cartoon

MargaretDrawn Laws

Day 3 of criminal procedure law drawings: this one on the question of whether the police have really ‘stopped’ or ‘seized you’ — versus a more voluntary encounter where you are not really under their custody and you can leave. The rules that apply are different depending on how the encounter is characterized. Want to learn more about your rights … Read More

Can the Police Search Your Belongings? crim pro #barexam cartoon

MargaretDrawn Laws

Another day, another sketch from my notebook on what a US resident’s rights are vis-a-vis government agents who are searching them. This one is about whether police/agents can search your things. Want more knowledge about your rights and criminal procedure? Play Law Dojo — available for your phone on Android or on iOS!

Criminal Procedure #barexam sketch: When Can the Police Come Into Your House?

MargaretDrawn Laws

Here’s a page from my Criminal Procedure notebook, with a quick rundown of the few conditions that can allow police to come into your house legally to ‘search’ it? Build more legal knowledge, and study up on your rights around the police and government agents: Play Law Dojo — available for your phone on Android or on iOS!

Evidence Law drawing for #BarExam: character evidence

MargaretDrawn Laws

Happy Friday to all those studying for this month’s Bar Exam. We have a picture explaining Evidence Law principles around character evidence to help you as you cram for the MBE. And if you want to remember even more Evidence knowledge for the Bar Exam, play Law Dojo — available for your phone on Android or on iOS!

Today’s #BarExam visual mnemonic: Statute of Frauds essentials

MargaretDrawn Laws

Another way to remember crucial the dreaded Statute of Frauds rules for the upcoming Bar Exam — just think of the mnemonic “My Legs” and let this picture help you remember all those key factors to be considering. And if you want to remember even more contracts knowledge for the Bar Exam, play Law Dojo contracts — available for your … Read More

#BarExam visual: flowchart on bringing in character evidence

MargaretDrawn Laws

Oof — for all those studying evidence for the bar exam, you know the pain of Character Evidence rules. Here’s a flowchart laying out the crucial things you need to know to tackle all those character evidence questions on the MBE and essay sections. Enjoy! And if you want to put your Evidence knowledge to the test for the Bar … Read More

#BarExam visual: is a contract breach material or not?

MargaretDrawn Laws

Hello, hard-working bar-studiers! Here is a small cartoon to help you remember your core contracts knowledge. And if you want to jam your brain full of even more contracts knowledge, play Law Dojo contracts — available for your phone on Android or on iOS!

Fresh designs for Law Dojo: tell us what you think

MargaretDesign Process

Our Law Dojo team has been hard at work creating a totally new version of the app, that’s easier to use, with cleaner design and more features. Here are some of the new designs for you to check out — and download a first new release of this updated app on Android! What do you think about our new colors, … Read More

Prototyping law games

MargaretConcept Art, Concepts & Plans

I prototyped several possible ways to build a law game app. I did this in a low-fidelity way, by sketching out storyboards and game interfaces with pen and paper. In Prototype 2, I have a selection of types of games rather than 1 type –a variety of interactions –you as the judge evaluating a text, you and a crossword, you … Read More

The Return of Phoenix Wright!

MargaretLaw Games

One of the best Law Role Playing games is coming back with new storylines! Ace Attorney Law Game From the press release: HOLD IT! CAPCOM CONFIRMS DETAILS OF PHOENIX WRIGHT: ACE ATTORNEY- -DUAL DESTINIES RELEASE IN THE WEST Courtroom Hero Phoenix Wright Returns this Fall Press Release May 13, 2013 9:19am PDT (2 hours ago) SAN MATEO, Calif. — May 13, 2013 — … Read More

Law Dojo Sketchbook Mashup

MargaretConcepts & Plans, Design Process, Law Drawings

For my latest release, I have become my own one-woman image-factory.  Here is a collage of all the images I’ve been producing on my iPad and computer in the run up to the new releases of April & May.  Lots of red and gold — my palate is clear 😀

Sketches in early May

MargaretConcepts & Plans, Promo Images

I’ve been post-it sketching with my huge Sharpie collection for the past month. Here is one before & after — I wanted to make a Face-Cutout poster, for my contestants to come play and have their picture taken as a Ninja Lawyer. Sketch >> Image. And a more random collection of sketches…

Citizen U

MargaretIn Beta

  We have been working on making a US citizenship quiz game, to help people master the key questions on US history and beyond. Coming soon to Law Dojo!