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Introduction to MPhil/PhD Legal Research Methods

06 January 2014 - 17 January 2014

Organised by:
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Event Type:
Short course
Venue Details:
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Charles Clore House
17 Russell Square


Dates:  Formal Classes run from 6 January to 15 January 2014.  Meetings for Further Assistance with Method & Feedback Exercises will take place on 16 and 17 January 2014.

Course Convenor:  Professor Lisa Webley, University of Westminster and IALS.  Teaching staff also include:   Professor Avrom Sherr, Professor Helen Xanthaki, Dr Constantin Stefanou, Sylvie Bacquet, Marc Mason, and staff from the IALS Library.

Aims and Objectives:

This course aims to introduce a range of research methodologies  that may be relevant to M.Phil/Ph.D. research in law and legally related fields.  It also aims to improve your doctrinal research methods and/ or socio-legal research and allied skills depending on the parallel sessions that you choose to attend.  At the end of the course you should:

  • be familiar with the main schools of research theory;
  • be able to explain the relative merits and demerits of basic qualitative and quantitative research methodologies for a given legal research project;
  • be familiar with and have an understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods (if you have selected these sessions as part of your optional classes);
  • be able to select an appropriate legal research methodology for a given legal research project and be aware of how you would go about using the methodology;
  • be able to use each of the main legal research techniques for a given research project;
  • be able to assess the relative importance of the main legal research techniques for a given research project;
  • have a basic understanding of data analysis issues, whether doctrinal or empirical;
  • be able to present legal research findings more effectively.

Course Programme:

For a copy of the draft programme, please click herePlease note the scheduling of classes remains subject ot change.

The course is an introduction to legal research methods.  The course will be taught over 16  2 ½ hour sessions,  with two days reserved at the end (on 16 and 17 January) for individual appointments to discuss methodological issues.

There is no formal (summative) assessment on this course although there are opportunities for you to receive feedback on your ideas and on written work

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENTS:  For on-line booking and payments please click here.

Registration fee:  £450.00.

Note:  IALS MPhil/PhD students should contact Belinda Crothers, IALS Academic Programmes Manager, direct about booking their place;   QMUL MPhil/PhD students should contact Hayley O'Hagan, QMUL PhD Adminstrator, about attending.

For queries, contact:  Belinda.Crothers@sas.ac.uk

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