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Social Science and Law


Welcome to the Social Science and Law web site.  I developed this site as part of the Social Science and Law course I offer regularly at Cornell Law School. As a social scientist teaching in a law school, I'm interested in exploring how social science is used - and sometimes misused - in legal cases. I hope you find this site useful.


Valerie Hans


    Making a Murderer Update: The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled on December 8, 2017, that Brendan Dassey's confession was not coerced. See the opinion (and dissenting opinions). See also, Professor Michael Dorf's analysis of the case here.

Featured Video:



Cornell Law Professor Michael Heise provides background on the use of social science in education cases. Please click on photo above.

Using Social Science in Jury Selection:

Cornell Law professor Valerie Hans served as scholarly advisor for this podcast on how lawyers are employing social science theories and techniques to select juries.

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