Fundamentals of Statistical Analysis

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Fall 2012
Meets: Th 5:00pm - 7:00pm in Hauser Hall Room 104
1 classroom credit

Intended for law students with little or no background in mathematics and statistics, this class will provide basic tools needed for designing, conducting and critically assessing empirical legal research, i.e., legal research that relies to a significant degree on data-based argumentation.

There will be six 2-hour meetings during September and October which will cover the following topics: formulating a research question and finding or creating an appropriate data set; survey design and analysis; presenting data visually and with summary statistics; the logic of hypothesis testing and estimation; correlation and linear regression; and multivariate analysis with an emphasis on multiple regression.

There will be weekly (ungraded) exercises and a take-home final examination for which students may substitute a paper of approximately ten pages presenting any one of the following: a plan for an empirical study, a critique of an existing empirical study, or a discussion of an issue relating to the use of statistics in law.

Subject Areas:
Business Organization, Commercial Law, and Finance
Procedure & Practice
Disciplinary Perspectives & Law