How data analysis can improve legal decision making

Data analysis can be a useful tool for guiding a lawyer's decision-making process, according to a paper produced by a professor and a graduate of the South Texas College of Law. Data can help in situations where relying on intuition fails, such as when an attorney is considering where to file a lawsuit, the paper says. "[S]tudies have shown that lawyers are generally overconfident when assessing their likelihood of success, and that the accuracy with which lawyers can predict outcomes does not improve with experience," the paper notes.

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