PROGRAMME SEMESTER

 

COURSE NAME COURSE CODE

 

LL.M I RESEARCH METHODS & LEGAL WRITING  

RESEARCH METHODS & LEGAL WRITING

The main objective of this course is to acquaint the student of law with the scientific method of social science research. This course is expected to provide the knowledge of the technique of selection, collection and interpretation of primary and secondary data in socio legal research.

Emphasis would be laid on practical training in conducting research in this course. By the end of the course the students are expected to develop a scientific approach to socio legal problems. They should be able to design and execute small scale research problems. The practical skill in conducting research will be evaluated on their performance in field research and workshops/seminars.

  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. a) The science of research and scientific methodology
  3. b) Interrelation between speculation, fact and theory, building some fallacies of scientific methodology with reference to socio legal research
  4. c) Inter-disciplinary research and legal research models
  5. d) Arm chair research vis-a-vis empirical research
  6. e) Legal research-common law and civil law legal systems
  7. RESEARCH DESIGN
  8. a) Workable Hypothesis-formulation and evaluation
  9. b) Major steps in research design

III. RESEARCH TECHNIQUES

  1. a) Sampling
  2. b) Survey and Case Study method
  3. c) Scaling and Content Analysis
  1. RESEARCH TOOLS AND DATA PROCESSING
  2. a) Observation
  3. b) Interview and schedule
  4. c) Questionnaire
  5. d) Socio-metrics and jurimetrics
  6. e) Data processing (deductions and Inductions) analysis and interpretation of data
  7. f) Online Legal Research – Use of Electronic Databases
  1. LEGAL WRITING
  2. a) Report/Article writing & legal research
  3. b) Use of definitions, maxims, concepts, principles, doctrines in legal research
  4. c) Plagiarism & its consequences.
  5. d) Citation methodology
  6. e) Book review and case comments

Suggested Reading Materials for Reference

  1. Robert Watt- Concise book on Legal Research
  2. Good and Hatt- Research Methodology
  3. Pauline Young- Research Methodology
  4. Earl Babbie- Research Methodology
  5. Stott D.-Legal Research
  6. Robert Watt and Francis Johns- Concise Legal Research
  7. S.K. Verma&Afzal Wani- Legal Research Methodology

(and materials distributed in the Class)