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Empirical Methods in Law, Second Edition

  • Robert M. Lawless
  • Jennifer K. Robbennolt
  • Thomas S. Ulen
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Empirical Methods in Law brings the basic principles and concepts of social-science research to the desks of law students and lawyers who expect to work with data experts. Now available in a second edition, the updated text continues its focus on explaining basic principles and concepts in an intuitive style requiring no prior knowledge of math or statistics. The text also continues its emphasis on the importance of research design as well as statistical methods. Among the features of the second edition:

• Available in softcover and competitively priced, making the book accessible either as a principal course text or as a supplemental text
• A significantly streamlined book without loss of important content or topics from the first edition
• An extensive online set of resources: Teachers Manual, PowerPoint slides, problems, example datasets, bibliography, glossary of terms
• A detailed index that allows readers to quickly identify coverage of specific topics
• Broad perspectives from three authors from three different methodological traditions that results in a presentation of general best practices
• Generous use of examples from the legal world that show how empirical techniques are applied in a range of substantive legal areas
• Coverage of topics often overlooked in the research process such as data coding or communication of results
• Sidebars with in-depth treatment of specific topics

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About the authors
Robert M. Lawless
University of Illinois College of Law

Professor Robert Lawless specializes in bankruptcy, consumer credit, and business law. He is intensely interested in empirical legal studies and interdisciplinary work. In addition to a course in empirical methods, he teaches in the areas of bankruptcy and commercial law. Professor Lawless is one of seven regular contributors to the blog Credit Slips, a discussion on credit and bankruptcy. He also is a member of the Consumer Bankruptcy Project, a long-term empirical project studying persons who file bankruptcy. The latest report from the Consumer Bankruptcy Project received the 2009 Editor#39;s Prize from the American Bankruptcy Law Journal. Professor Lawless has testified before Congress, and his work has been featured in media outlets such as CNN, CNBC, the New York Times, USA Today, the National Law Journal, the L.A. Times, the Financial Times, and Money magazine.

Jennifer K. Robbennolt

span style=&doublequot;color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: normal;&doublequot;Professor Jennifer Robbennolt is a nationally renowned scholar in the area of Psychology and Law, Torts, and Dispute Resolution. Her research integrates psychology into the study of law and legal institutions, focusing primarily on legal decision-making and the use of empirical research methodology in law. Professor Robbennolt was named the Guy Raymond Jones Faculty Scholar in 2008.spanbr style=&doublequot;margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: normal;&doublequot; br style=&doublequot;margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: normal;&doublequot; span style=&doublequot;color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: normal;&doublequot;Before joining the faculty at the University of Illinois, Professor Robbennolt was Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development, Associate Professor, and Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. Prior to that, she was a research associate and lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and at Princeton University#39;s Department of Psychology.span

Thomas S. Ulen

Professor Thomas Ulen received a bachelorrsquo;s degree from Dartmouth College, a masterrsquo;s from St. Catherinersquo;s College, Oxford, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University. He holds a Swanlund Chair, one of the highest endowed titles on the Urbana-Champaign campus, and is Director of the Collegersquo;s Program in Law and Economics. In addition, he is a research affiliate of the Environmental Council, a member of the Campus Honors faculty, and holds positions in the Department of Economics and the Institute for Government and Public Affairs. As a scholar, Professor Ulen examines a variety of issues related to economics, legal scholarship, and legal education. He has recently completed work on two new books, Cognition, Rationality, and the Law (with Russell Korobkin; University of Chicago Press) and Foundations of Environmental Policy (with John B. Braden, Edward Elgar Publishers, Ltd.). His book, Law and Economics (with Robert Cooter), now in its fourth edition, has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Korean, French, and Russian. A prolific writer and researcher, Professor Ulen has contributed four entriesmdash;on regulation generally, quantity regulation, price regulation, and quality regulationmdash;for the Oxford Economic History of the United States and a chapter entitled, ldquo;The Limits of Law for Imperfectly Rational Actorsrdquo; for Law and Irrational Behavior (Francesco Parisi, ed., University of Chicago Press, 2003). In addition, he is editing a book of legal humor, and expanding his Illinois Law Review article, ldquo;A Nobel Prize in Legal Science,rdquo; into a book.

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