Skills Workshop: Law[yering] & Science

Skills Workshop: Law[yering] & Science

Course Number: LAW 684GG
Course Credits: 1 Credit ULSR
This course introduces students to the relationship between law and science, providing the opportunity to develop the lawyering skills necessary for effective use of science in litigation, legislation, regulatory, and transactional work. Science and the law intersect at many levels. For example, science helps lawyers prove the effects of climate change in order to formulate or comply with environmental regulation, to determine the legal liability of manufacturers of drugs and vaccines, to regulate potentially dangerous instruments like e-cigarettes, and to establish new claims and defenses.In short, in civil or criminal practice, lawyers look to science for certainty in the face of difficult legal questions. But science and the law are an uneasy fit. Each approaches the world differently, with different standards, methods, and vocabularies used by scientists and lawyers who are rarely trained beyond their own disciple. Using vaccine litigation, draft legislation,and developing medical science, this course explores the dilemmas lawyers face in using science and helps students develop the skills needed to make effective use of scientific proof.