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Advanced Legal Methods 1A: Legal Research Methodologies LAW5144

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The aim of the course is to introduce students to legal research methodologies


Weekly 2-hour seminar

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

Traditions of Legal Enquiry (Advanced Course in Legal Methods 1b)


Jurisprudence of Concepts (Advanced Course in Legal Methods 2)


  Assessment is by means of one 4,000 word essay due at the end of semester 1

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

■ To compare and contrast legal research methodologies including: comparative legal methodology; historical analysis; doctrinal approaches; socio-legal studies 

■ To encourage a critical understanding of the following schools or approaches to legal analysis: Law and Economics; Law and Society; Critical Legal Studies 

■ To explore key debates over Legal Pluralism and Legal Monism in the context of Municipal Legal Systems and the International Legal Order

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate an understanding of and basis in interdisciplinary legal research

■ Demonstrate an critical understanding of current theoretical debates and approaches in the field of legal methodology

■ Compare methodologies of legal research

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Generic regulations apply