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LAW 5058: Empirical Legal Research Methods: Health Policy (Can be taken concurrently with Public Health Law)
Spring 2024 • Section 21 • CRN 48067

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 1C Every other week starting the second week of the semester (7 in-person meetings)
M 4:00-5:50 PM Online Meeting Plus 7 weeks of asynchronous assignments during the weeks class does not meet in person

Course Details

  • Scott Burris
  • Adam Herpolsheimer
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. 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. This course has been designed to allow simultaneous enrollment in Public Health Law (0631 or 0954). Each class will meet in person 7 times over the course of the semester on alternating Mondays. The alternating in-person meet times will give the student additional time to complete the asynchronous workload for each course if both courses are taken. 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. Please contact with any registration issue preventing you from enrolling.

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