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Empirical Legal Research at the American Bar Foundation

Fall 2010

Researching Law, Vol. 21, No. 4

“The empirical study of law” is a phrase often heard at the American Bar Foundation. For those who conduct empirical research, its meaning is clear, but ABF’s constituency—the Fellows, the organized Bar, the larger legal community, students, and other interested parties—in short, the readership of this magazine— may wonder about the nature of empirical research in law, what it entails and why it is valuable. This edition of Researching Law seeks to shed light on empirical research and its place in legal scholarship.