**Introduction:**

As lawyers, one of the most

important things that we do is add up numbers. We need to know how much money

damages are going to cost, how much our hourly bill is going to be, and all

kinds of other stuff. But what kind of math do you need to know if you want to

be a lawyer? I’ve put together this article detailing the core math skills that

are needed for a successful entry-level career in law which includes the

following:

**The kinds of math you need to know
to be a lawyer:**

- Algebra
- Calculus
- Statistics
- Probability

**Algebra: **Algebra is the foundation of quantitative reasoning, and

it’s a good idea to learn the basics of algebra. You’ll need to know basic

algebra in order to fully understand legal documents, but you’ll also be able

to use algebraic equations to solve problems. Calculus

**Calculus: **Calculus is an applied mathematics that has many

applications in law. Calculus helps you understand how changes in one variable

lead to other changes in that variable or another. For example, if you have a

problem where an increase in one variable leads to an increase or decrease in

another variable, then calculus can help you determine whether that change will

be positive or negative.

**Statistics:** Statistics is the study of the collection, organization,

and interpretation of data. Statistics is a useful tool for lawyers because it

helps them to understand the probability of an event occurring. For example, if

you have found that a certain type of crime occurs more frequently at night

than during the day, then statistics will show you if there is any difference

between daytime and nighttime crime.

**Probability:** Probability is another important part of statistics.

Probabilities help people determine whether or not an event will occur. For

example, if you are trying to predict what kind of weather will happen on a

particular date, probabilities can help you determine which days are most

likely to be sunny or rainy.

**Conclusion:**

As you can see, math can be useful

to lawyers in multiple capacities. Whether you realize it or not, math is

everywhere, and it is easier to understand than you might think. To be a

successful lawyer, you need to master the laws surrounding your particular

field, and that will take a lot of studying. You’ll also have to develop

persuasive arguments on behalf of your clients. But knowing a little bit about

math can give you an edge in both cases, allowing you to more clearly identify

logical fallacies and pitfalls in the law, plus gain a better understanding of

statistics and probability.

In most cases, you won’t need to

know a lot of math to be a good lawyer. It’s one of the benefits of attending

law school after getting your bachelor’s degree (as opposed to going straight

to law school). And if you find yourself drowning in math as an attorney, it

will probably be a type of math that you’re already familiar with.