If you are anything like me you may be feeling a myriad of doubts in your qualifications being able to propel you into law! On the surface, science and law seem to be on completely separate spectrums, but I have come to realize that a science Bachelors equips you with so many beneficial and fundamental law tools. With the right perspective you will find that your skills qualify you to go for your law goal and may set you apart from the crowd!
By the time you earn your bachelors you will have designed and executed experiments based on the scientific method. You have developed an educated hypothesis, determined the important variables, made an action plan or protocol, considered all of the influencing factors, and ultimately you’ve been forced to take an unbiased perspective in analyzing your results.
Lets Break the Scientific Method Down!
Asking a Scientific Question
Your scientific interest has been sparked and now you must take your raging thoughts, synthesize them and develope a concise question. A question that summarizes the root of your curiosity!
Equate this to determining the question of law. You’ve heard a generalized version of a case, now use those science skills to
unearth the relevant question (or legal issue)!
This requires diligent survey of past events, attention to detail, and a level of discernment. You must be able to read the results of others and call, “bull sh*t.”
Biased sources, flawed experiments, lurking variables, swayed statistical representation and unsubstantiated claims, you have seen them all!
Now (to me) this sounds A LOT like legal research of precedence, attention to the facts of cases and the ability to absorb and understand that information in the context of your case (experiment).
You will also be able to call BULL SH*T on other’s arguments or claims. You can see coercion of testimony, flaws in evidence chains or timelines, and you see through all the persuasive misrepresentation!
Determining Important Variables
From a sea of information you are able to pull the truly pertinent points that are actually relevant to your experiment.
You will be able to look at loads of evidence, witness statements, past court opinions and see the “variables” relevant to your case and your argument!
Developing a Hypothesis
Now that you’re done researching past experiments and have determined the relevant variables, you can develope an educated hypothesis.
You’ve researched the precedence, reviewed the facts of the case and related statutes, sorted through all the bull and can now create an educated legal argument (hypothesis).
Making a Protocol
A good hypothesis is only made great by the execution of a great action plan. Developing experimental protocol takes the ability to isolate those relevant variables and create an unbiased testbed. Meaning you have also re-considered ANY influencing factors that could affect your experiment (environment, duration, location, source,practitioners etc).
You will see your cases from a birds eye view, considering the logical (and often) non-obvious relationships between facts, evidence and even members of case. With this skill you can create extremely well devised arguments, where every perceivable counter-argument and logical gap has been addressed.
Bonus! You will also be able to easily see when others have failed to uphold proper protocol in their cases whether it be misfiling, handling of evidence or something even more worthy of a mistrial!
You’ve successfully conducted an untainted experiment and must now analyze any and all results which will ultimately uphold or contradict your hypothesis. You take an unbiased eye to the results and interpret them accurately.
You will put 110% into a case, from first reading a file all the way to the end, while still remaining objective and keeping your eye on the ball. You will be able to remain objective in your perception of cases, review of evidence and ultimately your judgement. Your practice with analyzing and interpreting can even enhance your ability to remain ethically sound.
Now go take those amazing science chops and kick some law school behind!