Sessions Information

  • January 6, 2017
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Session Type: AALS Programs
    Session Capacity: 27
    Hotel: Hilton San Francisco Union Square
    Room: Union Square 15 & 16
    Floor: 4th Floor

    Do you need to take your research skills to a higher level? Do you want to take a different approach to your research? Register for this 10-hour workshop and meet with experienced scholars in the legal academy and profession to discuss your work. It will be held Thursday, January 5 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm through Friday, January 6 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Thursday’s workshop will provide an important foundation for the workshop session on Friday. There is a $80 fee to attend and includes a box lunch on Friday, January 6. 

    8:30 am - 11:30 am
    Session II. Nuts-and-Bolts of Mixed Method Empirical Research

    During this session, speakers discuss how to go about selecting subjects or sites for studies; how to obtain access to research sites, archives, and/or databases (including IRB issues); how to design and conduct interviews; how to assess the quality of data obtained from various sources; and how to “triangulate” with research that has already been done in designing, conducting, or using empirical work. Speakers will review a variety of different approaches to data analysis, including software choices where applicable. We will also discuss cross-disciplinary collaborations in empirical legal research. (There will be a brief break at 10 am)

    12 noon-1:30 pm
    Session III. Working Lunch: Legal History and Analyzing Texts [Box lunch]

    The special issues involved in analyzing legal texts, from multiple vantages will be the opening topic for this working lunch. However, after the formal presentation, the discussion will be opened to questions and informal discussion.

    1:45-4:30 pm
    Session IV. Wrap-Up, Audience Questions, and Small-Group Discussion

    This session begins with an overview of different choices for publication and hints for pursuing them. We will then respond to any remaining audience questions and break into small groups to give participants more individualized feedback on their own projects.


Session Speakers
Organization: University of California, Irvine School of Law

Organization: Stanford Law School

Organization: American Bar Foundation

Organization: University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Organization: University of Illinois at Springfield

Session Fees
  • Mixed Empirical Methods Workshop [1452] (Sessions included: 01/05, 1:30 to 4:30 and 01/06, 8:30 to 4:30): $80.00