Please join us for a talk by Katerina Linos of UC Berkeley School of Law, “Qualitative Methods for Law Review Writing” (abstract below). All students and scholars interested in empirical research are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Typical law review articles not only clarify what the law is, but also examine the history of the current rules, assess the status quo, and present reform proposals. To make theoretical arguments more plausible, legal scholars frequently use examples: they draw on cases, statutes, political debates, and other sources. But legal scholars often pick their examples unsystematically and explore them armed with only the tools for doctrinal analysis. Unsystematically chosen examples can help develop plausible theories, but they rarely suffice to convince readers that these theories are true, especially when plausible alternative explanations exist. This talk presents methodological insights from multiple social science disciplines and from history that could strengthen legal scholarship by improving research design, case selection, and case analysis.
Register for this event here. You will receive the Zoom link for the meeting upon registration.
Persons with disabilities who wish to request accommodations or who have questions about access, please contact Brenda Dvoskin (email below) in advance of the session.