The legal community traditionally has drawn unsystematically and at will on the findings of social science sometimes with unfortunate results the authors of this study explore this issue by focusing on the way the united states supreme court uses social science data in reaching its decisions. Get this from a library the use of social science data in supreme court decisions rosemary j erickson rita j simon the cultures of law and social science differ markedly as to the kinds of truth they pursue law is deductive presenting its findings as certainties social science is largely inductive presenting . This research provides a descriptive study of the use of social science research contained in reported decisions of the united states supreme court the cases were selected from case abstracts contained in two us supreme court digests. 3 the united states supreme court study play importance of supreme court 1 symbol of justice social science data 3 law clerks legal periodicals example yale law journal harvard periodicals united states supreme court landmark cases chart 25 terms legal writing chapter 11 introduction to legal writing. University of texas at austin supreme court case presents an ideal example to study the use of social science evidence in amicus briefs to shape educational policy
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