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Legal Analytics

This guide will highlight legal analytics resources.

Problems with Analytics


Legal Analytics is very dependent on data so if there are weaknesses with your data there are weaknesses with the resulting analytics. One study of legal analytics platforms found wildly divergent results. See Bob Ambrogi, Legal Analytics Products Deliver Widely Divergent Results, Study Shows, LexBlog (Nov. 25, 2019), [].

  • Large data sets are needed
    • Small datasets aren’t going to be very useful so legal analytics will come most into play with massive data sets.
  • Inaccurate data
  • Biased data
  • Lack of sophisticated tagging
  • Over-reliance / Not recognizes the limitations of analytics
    • Another limitation of legal analytics is an over-reliance. Historical trends might make for a poor probability calculation. Related to this are the potential biases that legal analytics incorporate. Would legal analytics have discouraged a Brown vs. Board of Education type of case?
    • Analytics are not consistent. A 2019 test found that none of the products tested came up with the same results and they all missed certain results for different reasons.
      • See Zach Warren, Law Librarians Push for Analytics Tools Improvement After Comparative Study, (July 15, 2019 at 12:52 PM), available on Lexis.
  • "Franken-algorithms"

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