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755 - Law and Social Science
Professor: Tanya J. Poteet
Semester: 2011 Winter
Second Writing Requirement? Yes
Professional Responsibility? No
This course introduces students to the use of social science evidence by legal practitioners and courts at all levels. Such evidence is used, for example, in cases involving issues of trademark infringement, obscenity, discrimination, identification of criminal offenders, potential jury prejudice, eyewitness reliability, sexual assault, self-defense, dangerousness, and the fashioning of remedies. Despite its now common use, scientific evidence poses fundamental issues and recurring challenges for the law. In this course, we will examine the methodology of social science research and various uses and challenges of using such research in the law.
The goal of this course is to provide a foundation for law students to become sophisticated consumers and critics of social science evidence, equipping them to recognize issues raised by the use of social science in the law, and providing a foundation in empirical analysis that complements doctrinal analysis in law.
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