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Extension: Lawyers’ Role-Induced Bias Arises Fast and Persists despite Intervention

Holger Spamann

The Journal of Legal Studies, 2020, vol. 49, issue 2, 467 - 485

Abstract: Law students randomly assigned to represent one side in a legal argument in the classroom exhibit substantial role-induced prediction bias for their side within only 40 minutes of their role assignment. Reminding students that prediction requires a more neutral perspective than advocacy does not attenuate the bias. The bias occurs evenly in male and female participants, who also report equal confidence in their predictions.

Date: 2020
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