Randomized Control Trials in the United States Legal Profession
17 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2016 Last revised: 16 Mar 2016
Date Written: February 2, 2016
We assemble studies within a set that we label "randomized control trials ('RCTs') in the United States legal profession," projects that essentially consist of field experiments conducted for the purpose of obtaining knowledge in which randomization replaces a decision that would otherwise have been made by a member of the United States legal profession. We use our assembly of approximately fifty studies to begin addressing the question of why the United States legal profession, in contrast to the United States medical profession, has resisted the use of the RCT as a knowledge-generating device.
Keywords: empirical legal studies, randomized control trials, law
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