Psychology can contribute substantially to the practice of law as it provides insights into how people think, feel, behave, what motivates them and how they arrive at decisions – particularly to contentious matters, as any dispute involves strategic considerations and making choices based on communication, negotiation, persuasion and conflict resolution.

Moreover, in circumstances when many disputes settle before reaching trial or a final hearing, applying psychological tools in the right way can help in reaching a settlement at an earlier stage and with a better (and less costly) result for the litigants.