Course Description

601:643. Analytics for Lawyers (3)



This course is not a prerequisite for any upper level course or seminar. Nonetheless, familiarity with its subject matter will support subsequent studies within the existing curriculum, e.g., the law school’s offering in antitrust, debtor-creditor relations, corporate counseling, law and economics, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, public finance, securities regulation, and other courses or seminars with significant business or tax components.

Holmes told us that to “do things with law,” lawyers must be able to predict how the legal system would respond when presented with our clients’ behaviors.  Modern law practice and employment involve other sorts of prediction and analysis. This course introduces several of them: we study Probability, Decision and Game Theory, Accounting, Finance, Microeconomics, and Statistics. There is no final exam.  Assignments are based on five projects during the semester.