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dc.contributor.authorBurns, K
dc.contributor.authorHutchinson, T
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T12:50:39Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T12:50:39Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.date.modified2011-01-18T05:42:29Z
dc.identifier.issn1522-6514
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/03069400903004236
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/28586
dc.description.abstractLawyers have traditionally viewed law as a closed system, and doctrinal research has been the research methodology used most widely in the profession. This reflects traditional concepts of legal reasoning. There is a wealth of reliable and valid social science data available to lawyers and judges. Judges in fact often refer to general facts about the world, society, institutions and human behaviour ("empirical facts"). Legal education needs to prepare our students for this broader legal context. This paper examines how "empirical facts" are used in Australian and other common law courts. Specifically, the paper argues that there is a need for enhanced training in non-doctrinal research methodologies across the law school curriculum. This should encompass a broad introduction to social science methods, with more attention being paid to a cross-section of methodologies such as content analysis, comparative law and surveys that are best applied to law.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.format.extent155195 bytes
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom153
dc.relation.ispartofpageto178
dc.relation.ispartofissue2
dc.relation.ispartofjournalThe Law Teacher
dc.relation.ispartofvolume43
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchLegal education
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode480409
dc.titleThe impact of "empirical facts" on legal scholarship and legal research training
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Law
gro.rights.copyright© 2009 Routledge. This is an electronic version of an article published in The Law Teacher Volume 43, Issue 2 July 2009, pages 153 - 178. The Law Teacher is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com with the open URL of your article.
gro.date.issued2009
gro.hasfulltextFull Text
gro.griffith.authorBurns, Kylie L.


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