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The Pitfalls of Empirical Research: Studying Faculty Publication Studies

Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 36, p. 24, 1986

Posted: 3 Sep 2009  

Ira Mark Ellman

Arizona State University College of Law; Arizona State University (ASU) - Department of Psychology; Center for the Study of Law and Society, Berkeley Law, University of California, Berkeley

David H. Kaye

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law

Date Written: 1986

Abstract

This article critiques empirical studies by attorneys in the hopes that they will be held to the minimal standards of research competence that are to be found in other academic fields which rely on empirical studies. Because law-trained scholars are notoriously weak at empirical research, this article identifies some of the methodological considerations that should inform empirical research. These fall into four broad categories: (1) problems of conceptualization, (2) problems of measurement, (3) problems of data presentation and analysis, and (4) problems of inference. This article examines all of these considerations in the context of an empirical survey done by Professors Swygert and Gozansky investigating the relationship between law faculty research and tenure.

Keywords: Empirical Research, Law Faculty, Professors Swygert and Gozansky

Suggested Citation

Ellman, Ira Mark and Kaye, David H., The Pitfalls of Empirical Research: Studying Faculty Publication Studies (1986). Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 36, p. 24, 1986. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1466964

Ira Mark Ellman (Contact Author)

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David H. Kaye

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law ( email )

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University Park, PA 16802
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