- List of Abbreviations
- Contributors and Editors
- The Art, Craft, and Science of Policing
- Crime and Criminals
- Criminal Process and Prosecution
- The Crime-preventive Impact of Penal Sanctions
- Contracts and Corporations
- Financial Markets
- Consumer Protection
- Bankruptcy and Insolvency
- Regulating the Professions
- Personal Injury Litigation
- Claiming Behavior as Legal Mobilization
- Labor and Employment Laws
- Housing and Property
- Human Rights Instruments
- Social Security and Social Welfare
- Occupational Safety and Health
- Environmental Regulation
- Administrative Justice
- Access to Civil Justice
- Judicial Recruitment, Training and Careers
- Trial Courts and Adjudication
- Appellate Courts
- Dispute Resolution
- Lay Decision-Makers in the Legal Process
- Evidence Law
- Civil Procedure and Courts
- Collective Actions
- Law and Courts'Impact on Development and Democratization
- How Does Inter National Law Work?
- <b>Lawyers and Other Legal Service Providers</b>
- Legal Pluralism
- Public Images and Understandings of Courts
- Legal Education and the Legal Academy
- The (Nearly) Forgotten Early Empirical Legal Research
- Quantitative Approaches to Empirical Legal Research
- Qualitative Approaches to Empirical Legal Research
- The Need for Multi-Method Approaches in Empirical Legal Research
- Legal Theory and Empirical Research
- Empirical Legal Research and Policy-making
- The Place of Empirical Legal Research in the Law School Curriculum
- Empirical Legal Training in the U.S. Academy
Abstract and Keywords
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.
Christine B. Harrington is Professor of Politics, Affiliated Faculty of Law, and a Core Faculty in the Institute for Law and Society at New York University.
Sally Engle Merry is Professor of Anthropology, Law and Society at New York University.
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