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251.54 sec. 001 - Empirical Methods for Lawyers (Spring 2024)

Instructor: Adam B Badawi  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


M 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Law 10
From January 08, 2024
To April 23, 2024

Course Start: January 08, 2024
Course End: April 23, 2024
Class Number: 33468

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 22
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 24
As of: 04/23 12:46 AM

This course is a non-technical introduction to empirical methods. The goal is to equip future lawyers with the ability to read and evaluate the types quantitative analysis that they are likely to encounter in their work. Relevant examples include expert reports, scientific studies, and claims in trade press accounts. The first part of the semester will cover basic concepts such as averages, statistical inference, and effective research design before reading applied materials that will include cases and popular press accounts of empirical studies. The centerpiece of this segment of the course will be a close reading of the expert reports in the Harvard affirmative action case. Evaluation will be based on a series of short to medium written assignments and a single, brief, in-class presentation by each student. This class is intended for students who do not have a strong background in statistics, research methods, and data science.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Race and Law Requirement.

The Race and Law Requirement applies to the class of 2026 and beyond.

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Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Business Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Litigation and Procedure
Race and Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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  • Trial by Numbers: A Lawyer's Guide to Empirical Evidence
    Adam Chilton, Associate Professor of Law Kyle Rozema, Kyle Rozema
    Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
    ISBN: 9780197747858
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Price: To Be Determined

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