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Empirical Legal Research: A Primer

ISBN13: 9781789907223
Published: August 2020
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £26.95

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This exciting textbook introduces the basic tenets and methodologies of empirical legal research. Explaining how to initiate and conduct empirical research projects, how to evaluate the methods used and how to analyze and engage with the results, Kees van den Bos provides a vibrant and reliable primer for students and practitioners looking to engage actively in legal research.

Key features include:

  • A straightforward, non-technical and accessible style to engage new researchers in empirical legal research
  • A step-by-step guide to empirical research, leading students through establishing and building a research project, to interpreting and reporting on empirical data
  • An exploration of an array of methodologies to gather empirical data, including interviews, surveys and experiments, providing plenty of avenues for research
  • Exercises to allow students to put new skills into practice and suggested further reading to deepen students’ understanding of new topics

    Offering an enthusiastic introduction to a valuable subject, this is crucial reading for advanced law students hoping to pursue their own empirical legal research projects. Its insights into cutting-edge research methodologies will also be of benefit to students with a keen interest in the sociology of law, as well as socio-legal studies more widely.

  • Subjects:
    Legal Skills and Method
    Part I. Start: Moving from Content to Empirical Research Questions
    1. Why Empirical Legal Research
    2. Research Goals, Problems and Questions
    Part II. Research Methods: Studying Empirical Questions
    3. Interviews
    4. Surveys
    5. Experiments
    Part III. Interpreting Empirical Data: Moving Back to Content
    6. Data Analyses
    7. Reporting of Results
    8. What Next