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21 May 2006

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Michael Heise

OK, I'll bite. To Jason's question, yes, law students should take (and law schools should offer) a basic statistics course tailored to law and legal issues.

To the source post (by Yiar Listokin over at PrawfsBlawg -- "Why Statistics Should be Mandatory for Law Students"), however, I do not agree. Even though I agree with all of Yiar's points I am not yet persuaded that they make the case for *requiring* law students to take such a stats course (or, in the alternative, making "a course in statistics a prerequisite for law school"). More law schools adding an empirical methods course to their offerings as an elective (upper-level or first-year) would represent helpful and significant progress in this regard.

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