Predictive Theory of Law Law and Legal Definition

Predictive theory of law refers to a view that the law is nothing more than a set of predictions about what the courts will decide in given circumstances. The theory is embodied in the famous pronouncement by Oliver Wendell Holmes in his essay ‘The Path of the Law’ that, “The prophecies of what the courts will do in fact, and nothing more pretentious, are what I mean by the law.”