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USC Gould School of Law

Analytical Methods for Lawyers     LAW-681

Lawyers routinely deal with problems involving basic quantitative and economic concepts, such as probability, statistics, and strategy. This course teaches important analytical methods to law students. It does not require prior training or background. The goal is to make these concepts approachable, even to the math-phobic. We will learn how to think about the following questions, among others: Should we accept this settlement offer?; What financial risk and expected return are presented with this deal? How will this new rule affect my clients' behavior or the behavior of their competitors?; How much do we believe the other side's (or the regulator's) assessment of damages (or costs and benefits)?; Does a certain policy cause a given outcome (e.g. voter ID laws and your clients’ disenfranchisement), or are we unable to show causation empirically?

Units 3
Grading Options Numeric or CR/D/F
Exam Type In-class exam
Writing Requirement No
Skills/Experiential Requirement No

Grading Options: vary with the professor

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