Empirical Research Methods in Law
The course will be divided into two major components. The first section of the course will introduce a broad range of topics in methodology, from study design and hypothesis testing to descriptive statistics and multivariate regression techniques in the context of legal issues faced by practicing attorneys. The second of the course will utilize this new knowledge and training to critically evaluate empirical scholarship and expert reports. No prior knowledge of mathematics, statistics, or software is required and law students from all experiential backgrounds will be able to complete the coursework and exercises based solely on class lectures and tutorials. Course grades will be based on class participation (10%), hands-on exercises (10%), a take-home midterm (30%), and a final paper (50%).
Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.
Empirical Research Methods in Law 553.01