Science Court (Fall 2019)

Cartoon showing two men who can't agree on how many sticks are on the ground.


Students invited to take Science Court!

Science Court (HSEM 3511H) is an unusual course. The students taking the class run a mock trial in which a complex societal issue is debated in front of a judge and a jury of citizens. The objective is to fight polarization by getting people with different points of view to reason about a controversial issue based on a common set of facts and sound scientific research. The students work together in three teams led by experts (Science, Legal, Media), to select the case, research the facts, prepare and present legal arguments, and educate the public through engaging media. It is a dynamic exciting course, which is both highly educational, and also makes a difference in the real world. Students of all backgrounds from the liberal arts, sciences, and engineering are invited to participate. Space is limited, so enroll early to save a spot for Fall 2019!

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For lots more, including the theory underlying Science Court, teaching staff bios, the student blog from Fall 2018, and other content, visit the Science Court website at

If you're thinking “this sounds great, but how much work will it be?”— see what's involved.

The class is scheduled for Tuesdays 6-8:30pm during Fall 2019.  It is co-taught by Ellad Tadmor (Aerospace), Collin Tierney (Hennepin County Public Defender), Scott Libin (Journalism) and Lauren Clatch (J.D./Psychology).

If you have any questions, email Prof. Ellad Tadmor at