Empirical Legal Training in the U.S. Academy

Christine B. Harrington, Sally Engle Merry

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    This article begins with discussing challenges encountered while managing the epistemology of legal modes of thinking and social science, and the limits of relying on discipline-based methodologies for the advancement of empirical legal scholarship. In then discusses two approaches to empirical legal training employed in New York. Through this, it seeks to demonstrate the strengths of collaborative research with illustrations of a cross-national collaboration. Empirical research on law is a multi-method phenomenon. Ideally, empirical legal training means that students need and can further foster a background in a broad range of social science methods and in a set of methods that can use triangulation or juxtaposition to capture the factors that explain law as a social phenomenon.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Empirical Legal Research
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780191743641
    ISBN (Print)9780199542475
    StatePublished - Sep 18 2012


    • Collaborative research
    • Empirical legal scholarship
    • Empirical legal training
    • Legal modes of thinking
    • Social phenomenon
    • Triangulation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Arts and Humanities


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