Graduate Legal Research and Theory (Short)
This is a mandatory course exclusively for students enrolled in the LL.M.
This course introduces students to select theoretical and methodological approaches to law. In doing so, the course moves students beyond research interests to the selection of appropriate theories and methodologies in the development of their research plan.
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
With respect to legal theories:
- Broaden their thinking on the nature of law and legal authority.
- Engage with a wide variety of theoretical approaches and compare relative strengths and weaknesses.
- Select and defend an appropriate legal theory for a research proposal that explores an aspect of law, policy or legal regulation.
With respect to research methods:
- Understand when it may be useful to go beyond traditional “library based” legal research.
- Compare the strengths and limitations of a variety of methodologies.
- Learn how to identify appropriate methodologies based on the desired outcomes of the research project.
- Select and defend an appropriate methodology for a research proposal that explores an aspect of law, policy or legal regulation.