Truth, Lies and Statistics for Lawyers (SC)

Section 1SP, J-Term 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: /12
Credits:

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:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

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 longer, essay-form evaluations of a statistical argument.
Final Exam Notes:

Flex exam at conclusion of course (details and deadlines to be announced).The final exam will include a combination of short problems and longer, essay-form evaluations of a statistical argument.


Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work
In addition to the reading assignments, students will be expected to complete short problem sets.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

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

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.

General Information

Schedule No.
121110062
Law No.
Modified Type
Lecture
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
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