The ELS Movement in law schools is gaining momentum. Law professors are not only more interested in the empirical work of others, but they want to do their own empirical research. I have been approached by a number of colleagues asking what they should know or do when embarking upon an empirical project for the first time. Their projects range from the more qualitative (e.g., interviews) to ideas that require more quantitative analyses. In response, I've offered some basic suggestions and resources:
- Get to know your IRB website and personnel.
- Look at the IRB FAQs posted on the ELS Blog.
- Maybe attend an ELS workshop or conference to learn basic methodologies and meet others who do similar work.
- Get to know the social scientists with similar interests in your university's other departments.
- Ask around about Stats software if you have questions.
- And of course, read the ELS Blog.
Obviously, if I can, I'll provide more detailed information related to the particular subject matter (e.g., call this professor who does empirical work in that area; read X article), but I need more general suggestions. What other foundational resources are available for these new empirical legal scholars? Specifically, what resources or publications might help with project design? Comments are open.