Statistics for Legal Practice – 6812
The goal of this course is to prepare students to be knowledgeable consumers of statistics as practicing lawyers. The course will draw on a wide range of cases and other legal issues as examples of where statistics have played a role. The course will cover most core statistical methods, but it does assume some prior familiarity with basic statistics. While the emphasis will not be on the mathematics underlying the various statistical methods covered, the course does presume a willingness to deal with basic algebra. After completing this course students will be familiar with the broad range of areas of the law and legal process where statistics have played a role, and should be able (1) to understand the kinds of issues that arise in the use of statistics, (2) to read and understand expert reports using statistics, and (3) to ask intelligent questions of their own and opposing experts.