Truth, Lies and Statistics for Lawyers (SC)

Section 1, J-Term 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 7/14
Credits: 1
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • TWRF
  • 0900-1200
  • SL284
01/18/2022 01/21/2022

Course Description

This class will cover the basics of statistical analysis as relevant to lawyers. The concepts will be taught using intuition and hands-on exercises; no prerequisites are required and very little math will be used. The goal of the class is to 1) develop basic competency in statistical language and concepts 2) make you aware of common errors in statistical reasoning 3) help you evaluate and interpret statistical claims. Reading materials include a fun and accessible statistics book, court opinions that wrestle (sometimes erroneously) with statistical arguments, expert witness testimony, and academic studies. We will examine the use of statistical arguments in the recent Harvard discrimination case, the current bail reform movement, DNA forensics, labor discrimination, estimating voter fraud, and other interesting topics.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at conclusion of course (details and deadlines to be announced). The final exam will include a combination of short problems and/or longer, essay-form evaluations of a statistical argument.

Written Work Product
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Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, January 13, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, January 23, 11:59 PM