Question 1 Find an example of a published academic journal article that employs a non-doctrinal or mixed methodology. This might be a paper that is empirical, comparative, socio-legal, or which is multidisciplinary (e.g. law and economics, or law and political science). Critically discuss its methodology and findings, reflecting on how the methods used by the author(s) further our knowledge in ways that would not have been possible using only traditional doctrinal legal research methods. OR
Question 2 One of the key challenges for legal researchers is assessing the quality and validity of existing published research. What methods can we use to evaluate research quality and what features are consistent with a high-quality research output? To what extent is it possible to test the validity of findings in law, in the way that is common to other disciplines, especially the natural sciences? OR
Question 3 To what extent can it be argued that all lawyers (whether practitioners, judges or scholars) belong to the same legal research community? In writing your answer, consider what research skills are needed in legal practice and how they differ to those employed by a university professor. OR
Question 4 Why are research ethics important and what are the particular risks posed by legal research?