Duke University has a vibrant research community involved in Empirical Legal Scholarship. Our Faculty Workshop provides scholars with an opportunity to receive feedback on their ongoing research, while resources on Duke's campus and at local universities provide opportunities for faculty to expand their empirical knowledge (see Consulting). Resources for self-directed study of empirical methods are also available (see Training).

Access to Empirical Legal Scholarship at Duke

The Faculty Scholarship Repository provides access to a wide variety of empirical legal scholarship by Duke scholars. Locally, the following faculty members at Duke are actively engaged in ELS:

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Where to Publish ELS

Authors interested in publishing empirical legal scholarship have many potential avenues, in both traditional law reviews and peer-reviewed academic journals.

Peer Reviewed Academic Journals:
Law Reviews:

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Examples of Empirical Legal Scholarship

The field of ELS is growing rapidly, and many scholars have published works that are excellent examples of ELS. Below is a bibliography of ELS articles that exemplify a variety of methods and topics.

Stephen J. Choi and Mitu Gulat, Choosing the Next Supreme Court Justice: An Empirical Ranking of Judicial Performance UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 141; Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 473281; Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 473281 (2004).

James D. Cox and Randall S. Thomas, Letting Billions Slip Through Your Fingers: Empirical Evidence and Legal Implications of the Failure of Financial Institutions to Participate in Securities Class Action Settlements, (December 2004). Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 05-01.

Barak D. Richman and Jeffrey Macher, Transaction Cost Economics: An Assessment of Empirical Research in the Social Sciences, (August 2006). Duke Law School Legal Studies Paper No. 115.

Salzman, James E., Beyond the Smokestack: Environmental Protection in the Service Economy , Working Paper: April 25, 1999.

Schwarcz, Steven L.,Enron and the Use and Abuse of Special Purpose Entities in Corporate Structures, 70 U.Cincinnati L. Rev. 1309 (2006).

Neil Vidmar, Kara MacKillop and Paul Lee, Million Dollar Medical Malpractice Cases in Florida: Post-Verdicts and Pre-Suit Settlements, 59 Vanderbilt L. Rev. 1343 (2006).

Benesh, Sara C. and Malia Reddick. 2002. "Overruled: An Event History Analysis of Lower Court Reaction to Supreme Court Alterations of Precedent." Journal of Politics 64(2): 534-550.

Christine Boyd, Lee Epstein and Andrew Martin, Untangling the Causal Effects of Sex on Judging, 2nd Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Paper available at SSRN

Theodore Eisenberg, Death Sentence Rates and County Demographics: An Empirical Study, 90 Cornell L. Rev. 347 (2005)

Lee Epstein, Andrew D. Martin, Kevin M. Quinn & Jeffrey A. Segal, Ideological Drift Among Supreme Court Justices: Who, When, and How Important? 101 Northwest. U.L.Rev. 1483 (2007).

William Henderson, An Empirical Study of Single-Tier versus Two-Tier Partnerships in the Am Law 200, 84 N.C. L. Rev. 1691 (2006), Paper Available at SSRN.

Gregory Sisk, and Michael Heise, Judges and Ideology: Public and Academic Debates about Statistical Measures, 99 Northwest.U.L.Rev. 743 (2005).

UCLA's Empirical Research Group has compiled an Empirical Legal Scholarship Bibliography. The bibliography is searchable by topic, author, title, or year. Users can also choose to download the entirety of the bibliography.

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