Monday, January 18, 2010

Would more math at the undergraduate level help students better succeed in law school?

I'm guessing most law school profs would say yes.  Especially legal writing profs who teach an organizational model (whether it's called IRAC, CREAC or something else) that has a mathematical-like elegance and simplicity to it.   Here's an essay from the Chronicle of Higher Ed that makes a persuasive case that a math background helps students with logical reasoning in other, non-mathematical contexts.

Long ago, when I was young, naïve, and chair of a department of mathematics at a liberal-arts college, I recommended that a course in mathematical proofs be required of all students majoring in the liberal arts—including majors in the humanities and the arts. Hereafter, I will refer to those students as "poets."

. . . .

Since we live in an age of pragmatism, let it be said that courses that require students to give presentations of original proofs and defend them in front of their peers prepare them to speak before audiences in real life, even a group of chief executives if the students ever find themselves with an M.B.A. working in middle or upper management in a large corporation.

Introducing students to the essence of mathematics, and its pervasiveness in all disciplines, will help them start to become independent thinkers and masters of their own education.

You can read the rest here.

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2010/01/would-more-math-at-the-undergraduate-level-help-students-better-succeed-in-law-school.html

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