Exam Type: No Exam
Empirical methods are increasingly used in legal research and practice. This course covers a broad range of topics, including descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing and statistical analysis and interpretation. We will cover how and when to apply particular models, access, clean, merge datasets, analyze, interpret, report data and create tables and graphs using Stata statistical software.
There is a growing awareness of the importance of replication in the empirical legal field. Each student will replicate an important study in empirical legal scholarship. Reproducing published work gives an opportunity to learn the methods used, data modification, or challenges and solutions that authors of published work have faced. Students will be required to extend the study either by proposing or implementing (desired but not required) a change to the original study through use of additional variables, different time periods/techniques/robustness checks, etc. This work will be summarized in an empirical research paper to be presented in class.