Section 001, Fall 2018
Section Description Provided by Instructor
According to a recent LexisNexis white paper, 96% of hiring partners believe that newly graduated law students lack practical skills related to litigation and transactional practice. Informal
conversations with a variety of practicing attorneys indicates that a particularly useful litigation skill is the ability to deal with experts in the fields of economics and statistics. The course is 3 units and will cover fundamental economic and statistical concepts and how they are used in modern litigation. While mathematical and economic concepts will be covered, no mathematical or economic background is required.
Economic and statistical evidence plays an increasingly large role in a variety of practice areas, including antitrust, bankruptcy, contracts, products liability, employment discrimination, voting rights, securities law, and many others; for example, it played a central role in much of the mortgage backed securities litigation from the financial crisis to today as well as in the recent “no poaching” case brought against Apple, Google, and other technology companies, and in a staggering variety of cases where class certification is sought.
Attorneys working on cases like these collaborate with their own experts to present statistical evidence and also must grapple with competing statistical analyses from opposing experts. Doing this effectively requires a baseline level of economic and statistical knowledge. However, the focus of the class will be on the way in which the law grapples with those ideas, rather than those ideas themselves. The course will include mock depositions and discussion of some specialized civil procedure topics, such as Daubert and Frye standards.
TR 1:20-2:40 pm
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit