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LAW 5058: Empirical Legal Research Methods: Health Policy
Fall 2019 • 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
M 4:00-5:50 PM Klein 8B

Course Details

  • Scott Burris
  • Marcelo Fernandez-Vina
Credit Hours

3 Credits



Course Type
  • Non-Exam
Course Modality


Fulfills J.D. Requirement


Registration Info

Registration Notes

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 (pending approval). 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. This course runs on Mondays, beginning October 21, 2019 and ends on December 9, 2019. This course will be available for registration during Add/Drop.

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