Empirical Research Group

UCLA Law Student Jessica Eby presents her paper, which won the Aron Award in 2014 for best student comment

For Students – Empirical Research Group

The Empirical Legal Scholars Program prepares a small group of UCLA Law students for the academic or policy job market by creating a graduate school environment within the law school. Students receive formal and informal instruction in research methods and statistics to complement their legal coursework, and are guided by a core group of mentors from the Law faculty. They are integrated into ongoing empirical research with UCLA faculty as research assistants and are eligible to join the projects and activities of the UCLA‐RAND Center as Fellows. By the third year of law school students are expected to have designed, conducted and reported empirical research at the level of a second year student in a doctoral program. The program identifies venues for students to present their work and help them refine their presentations.  For further information, contact Joseph W. Doherty at doherty@law.ucla.edu.

Independent Research

Students who are interested in conducting independent empirical research can draw on the support and resources of UCLA Law and the broader UCLA campus.  In addition to subject-area faculty expertise within and without the Law School, students can avail themselves of guidance from the Empirical Research Group, from the UCLA Social Science Data Archive, and from the UCLA Statistical Consulting Center.  In addition, students can enroll in research methods courses offered by many of the excellent social science graduate departments at UCLA.
Visit the UCLA School of Law Curriculum Guide for a listing and information about Empirical Legal Studies courses.

More Information

Contact Information

Joseph W. Doherty
Director, Empirical Research Group
3211B Law Building
(310) 206-2675
doherty@law.ucla.edu