LAW7765 - Statistical Reasoning in the law

LAW7765 - Statistical Reasoning in the law

Course Number: 

7765

Type: 

Lecture

Credits: 

3

Prerequisite(s):

none

Probability and statistics play an increasingly important role in litigation in such diverse areas as employment discrimination, antitrust, intellectual property, medical treatment tort and criminal law. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the variety of ways that probability and statistics are used to construct legal arguments, and to focus on the strengths and weaknesses of the resultant reasoning. At the conclusion of the course, students will have the opportunity to conduct the examination of an expert witness statistician in a mock trial exercise designed to utilize the inference methods developed in the readings, lectures and assignments. No college-level course in mathematics or economics is presumed or required.