Getting Down and Dirty: The Case for Empirical Legal Research

Early version of chapter published in: Cahillane, L and Schweppe, J (eds), Legal Research Methods: Principles and Practicalities (Clarus Press, 2016)

20 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2016 Last revised: 29 Jul 2016

Date Written: July 14, 2015

Abstract

This paper considers the role of empirical research in legal scholarship. The paper argues that the failure by higher education institutes, including, but not limited to, failings on the part of law schools, to develop a more significant research capacity in empirical legal research could have very negative impacts on the next generation of legal scholars. It sets out some (very) personal reflections of the author and illustrates the argument by using practical examples of empirical legal research. As a result, it seeks to be both a ‘call to arms’ and a practical guide for those interested in pursuing empirical legal research.

Keywords: legal research; empirical research; research methods

Suggested Citation

Doherty, Michael, Getting Down and Dirty: The Case for Empirical Legal Research (July 14, 2015). Early version of chapter published in: Cahillane, L and Schweppe, J (eds), Legal Research Methods: Principles and Practicalities (Clarus Press, 2016), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2809555 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2809555

Michael Doherty (Contact Author)

Maynooth University ( email )

Maynooth, County Kildare
Ireland
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