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Fall 2022 Course

Statistics for Lawyers

Prerequisite: None

Exam Type: Any-Day Take-Home

This course will cover foundational statistical concepts and how they are used in litigation. Statistical methods arise in a wide range of contexts, including tort litigation, civil rights litigation, and commercial litigation. Litigators often work with experts to present statistical evidence in support of their case and to rebut statistical evidence presented by opposing experts. The goal of this course is to provide students with the skills to successfully understand how and when statistical evidence is useful in litigation, and to evaluate the strengths and weakness of different uses of statistical analyses.

Statistical topics covered will include descriptive statistics, probability, causal inference, and regression. No mathematics, statistics, or economics background is necessary, and the course is appropriate for students without prior background in the subject, though students who do have relevant background are of course welcome as well.