UCLA-RAND Center for Law & Public Policy

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For Students – UCLA-RAND Center for Law and Public Policy

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.