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Legal Methodology

The aim of this Legal Methodology course is to familiarize students with the full breadth of legal research. It builds onto the foundation for doing legal research that students have laid in the bachelor and master stage of their studies. The primary aim of the course is to provide students with the tools that they need to write an innovative and methodologically sound legal research proposal.

Target group
PhD candidate
Method
Training course
EC
3/5

Description

The aim of this Legal Methodology course is to familiarize students with the full breadth of legal research. It builds onto the foundation for doing legal research that students have laid in the bachelor and master stage of their studies. The primary aim of the course is to provide students with the tools that they need to write an innovative and methodologically sound legal research proposal. The course focuses on the study of traditional legal sources. In doing so, it complements other courses in the Graduate School and pre-PhD programmes aimed at developing non-legal research skills, in particular Empirical Research Methods and Qualitative Research Methods. This course also includes a part on legal English and aims to improve the English language skills within a legal context. 

Mode of instruction

This course consists of four obligatory lectures (1, 2, 3 and 4), and an optional part dedicated to legal English (5 and 6). If you only participate in the obligatory lectures, you will receive 3 ECTS. If you also participate in the part on legal English, then you receive 2 more ECTS (5 ECTS in total).

Lectures

The Legal Methodology lectures cover the following subjects:*

•    Legal scholarship and legal research methods
•    Legal history
•    Comparative law
•    The multi-layered legal order
•    Legal English

* Please note that this may be subject to change. 
 

Start date and Registration

The course will start on February 8th and registration is possible from December 15th by sending an email.
 

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