This guide introduces selective resources and tools for conducting empirical legal research. The rise of empirical legal research is well documented. For discussions of the importance and impact of empirical legal studies on shaping the future of law, see
Elizabeth Chambliss, When Do Facts Persuade? Some Thoughts on the Market for "Empirical Legal Studies", 71 Law and Contemporary Problems 17 (2008), https://scholarship.law.duke.edu/lcp/vol71/iss2/3
Theodore Eisenberg, Why Do Empirical Legal Scholarship?, 41 San Diego Law Review 1741 (2004), https://scholarship.law.cornell.edu/facpub/346
Elizabeth Warren, The Market for Data: The Changing Role of Social Sciences in Shaping the Law, 2002 Wisconsin Law Review 1 (2002), https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=332162
To find more articles, one may search in Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg, Index to Legal Periodicals and Jstor using keywords including but not limited to empiri!, data, quantitative and/or qualitative. SLS affiliates can click here to access these databases.
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