INTRODUCTION TO EMPIRICAL LEGAL STUDIES
(LAWJ-4088) - 2 UNITS
This seminar is an introduction to the significant role that empirical research and methods play in contemporary legal thinking, analysis and argument. The course will require students to read and analyze legal opinions and law review articles that rely on empirical (including, but not limited to, statistical) observation and analysis to examine legal issues and to support their rationales and conclusions. Students will learn key terminology and concepts important to understanding a broad range of legal subjects (as diverse as patent and antidiscrimination law) that hinge on the application and understanding of empirical methods and analysis. No prior knowledge of statistics or empirical methods is required. Students will be graded based on class participation and several written short and long answer ?responses? about the assigned reading written over the course of the semester.