Friday, August 12, 2005

Empirical Legal Scholarship and Faculty Hiring

Lior Strahilevitz at PrawfsBlawg on “Big Tent” Empiricism:

Legal empiricists with graduate training in Economics, Political Science, Sociology, and other fields will continue to be in great demand in the coming years and will make enormous contributions to our understanding of the law. But I worry that this new generation of quantitative empiricism is crowding out qualitative empiricism and what is pejoratively called “casual” empiricism. My sense is that young law scholars doing qualitative empirical projects have been getting hammered on the job market, particularly when those scholars do not sport graduate degrees in disciplines other than law.

See Lior's earlier post on this faculty trends and my comments.

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