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Spring 2021 Reading Group

Legal Policies, Randomized Control Trials, and Ethics

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam

The legal profession is uniquely disdainful of evidence-based thinking. Nowhere is this disdain more overt than in the profession’s resistance to the randomized control trial, the most powerful methodology currently available to assess the effectiveness of programs and interventions. This reading group will explore possible reasons for the profession’s posture on scientific thinking; the costs of this posture; and the challenges (including ethical challenges) associated with generating credible evidence on what works in the legal settings.

Note: This reading group will meet eight times, 90 minutes per meeting, on the following dates: 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/23.