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Statistics and Empirical Legal Studies Research Guide

This guide features all three iterations of Empirical Legal Studies: form, process, and function, and highlights statistical resources and websites.

Books & Journals

Here are a few suggestions for resources that publish empirical legal research or offer an introduction to Empirical Legal Studies.


UCLA Law's Empirical Research Group (ERG) has a bibliography database of ELS publications. It is searchable by author name, subject, title, and date.


The Empirical Legal Studies Blog is a resource for keeping up-to-date with the latest developments in Empirical Legal Studies.

Law Journal Articles

These articles give background to empirical legal studies scholarship and more insight into methodology used. They may be found via HeinOnline.

Exchange, Empirical Research and the Goals of Legal Scholarship, 69 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1 (2002).

Gregory Mitchell, Empirical Legal Scholarship as Scientific Dialogue, 83 N. C. L. Rev. 167 (2004).

Symposium, Empirical and Experimental Methods in Law, 2002 U. Ill. L. Rev. 789 (2002).

Lee Epstein and Gary King, Building an Infrastructure for Empirical Research in the Law, 53 J. Legal Educ. 311 (2003).

Jennifer K. Robbennolt, Evaluating Empirical Research Methods: Using Empirical Research in Law and Policy, 81 Neb. L. Rev. 777 (2003).

James Lindgren, Predicting the Future of Empirical Legal Studies, 86 B.U. L. Rev. 1447-1460 (2006).