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LAW 5058: Empirical Legal Research Methods: Health Policy
Fall 2018 • Section 21 • CRN 34406

Course Description

This course aims to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to scientific methods for measuring law and its effects. While the focus will be on the evaluation of the health effects of law, the training will be applicable to other social and economic effects as well. It will entail quizzes and brief writing assignments on evaluation (40% of grade) with the creation of a quantitative legal dataset (60% of grade). Both Law students and students seeking a Masters in Public Health will participate in the course.


Day/Time Location Note
M 4:00-5:50 PM Klein 6A 7 weeks - second half of the semester

Course Details

  • Scott Burris
  • Andrew Campbell
Credit Hours

3 Credits



Course Type
  • Non-Exam
Course Modality


Fulfills J.D. Requirement


Registration Info

Registration Notes

The course will be taught in a seven week block in the latter half of the Fall, following a prior seven week version of Public Health Law. (Public Health Law is a prerequisite for Public Health students enrolling in this course, but not for Law students.) A “flipped classroom” approach will be used, in which most of the lecture material will be presented in videos and other on-line materials and reading outside of class, and most of class time will be work with the instructor on the student research projects. NOTE 1: This course will have “in person” class meetings from 4 pm to 5:50 pm on Mondays beginning on Oct. 22, 2018 and ending on Dec. 3, 2018. Students will also be responsible for completing 4 hours per week of online “asynchronous” course content, and another 12 hours per week of “out-of-class” work in preparing readings, assignments, and the dataset project. There will be a paper due at the close of the Law School exam period. NOTE 2: This will be one of four courses offered in collaboration with the College of Public Health as the basis for a Certificate in Public Health Law. The other courses include Public Health Law offered by the Law School and two courses that will be offered by the College of Public Health (Multivariate Statistics and Health Law Research Project). Over the four course set, students will learn to conceptualize, design and conduct an evaluation research project. JD students who do not wish to get the Certificate will still be able to take the two law school courses, as part of the normal JD curriculum.

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