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Empirical Research Support

To assist law faculty with empirical scholarship, the Law Library is hiring a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science to provide empirical research support. Among the services the consultant can provide are assistance with:

  • Data gathering: help in determining the best way to gather the data you need or pointing you to available data sets
  • Data analysis: utilize empirical research methodology and tools to verify statistical validity of data and "slice and dice" it to pull out relevant information
  • Survey creation & evaluation: assist with crafting surveys that will get to the heart of the questions you are trying to answer or evaluate existing surveys and responses
  • Research Assistant training: guide R.A.s in conducting empirical research for faculty projects

The empirical consultant will be available here at the Law School 10 hours a week. To request empirical assistance, please contact Leslie Street by email ( or by phone at 919-843-4959 to arrange an appointment to discuss your project. Please provide the following information:

  1. A general description of the project
  2. The type of support you seek (e.g. data gathering, data analysis, etc)
  3. The time period you anticipate needing assistance - please note any relevant time constraints or deadlines for the project
  4. Any other information you think relevant

This service is provided in cooperation with Duke's Goodson Law Library.

The library has also provided a detailed set of resources that are available online for those interested in engaging in empirical legal scholarship.

Sources of General Information on ELS:

ELS Training Opportunities and Resources

  • ICPSR's Instructional Modules provide a wide variety of statistical and research instructional modules, which are accessible to the general public.
  • Odum Institute at UNC provides assistance with specialized and general statistical models, as well as short and long courses on software and statistical methods.
  • UCLA's Statistical Computing Services provide a variety of guides, tutorials, and instructions on using statistical software packages.
  • Writing with Statistics is a useful guide, put together by UNC, on addressing pitfalls associated with using statistics in writing.

Empirical Legal Scholarship Research Guides

Research and Data Guides

Data sources for Empirical Legal Scholarship

Courts, Law, and Politics

International Data

Business and Economics Data


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