Empirical Legal Studies

Definition - What does Empirical Legal Studies mean?

Empirical legal studies are those in which data is analyzed to gain insight into and promote a greater understanding of the law. This can include the assessment of information gleaned from various sources including but not limited to government agencies, courts, state and federal sentencing guidelines, and statistics compiled by different think tanks.

Justipedia explains Empirical Legal Studies

Empirical legal studies allow scholars to learn how and why different factors influence the criminal justice system, judges, courts and attorneys by assessing specific sets of data.

As the result of growing interest in this area, courses in empirical legal studies are offered at numerous U.S. universities and law schools. These courses provide students with the research skills and other tools needed to analyze data properly. They also give future lawyers the skills needed to understand and use empirical methodology on the job.

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