In 2007 the Center for the Study of Law and Society (CSLS) launched the CSLS Empirical Research Methods Workshop series. The series introduces Berkeley Law faculty, CSLS affiliated faculty & visiting scholars, and graduate students interested in conducting empirical research on law to a wide range of empirical methods, both quantitative and qualitative. Workshops are led by leading experts on particular methodologies. All workshops are recorded and posted on the CSLS website, along with any necessary workshop materials.

Past topics include:

  • Criminal Justice Data Analysis
  • Using Video Records to Analyze Interactions
  • Ethnography of the Global
  • Survey Research in an Era of Diversity, Polarization, and Technological Change
  • Connecting Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
  • Social Network Analysis in Sociolegal Research


Center for the Study of Law and Society

Founded in 1961 the Center for the Study of Law and Society encourages and supports empirical research and theoretical analysis of the social consequence of law, including legal institutions and processes, the impact of law on individuals and groups, and social, political, and intellectual influences on law itself and legal activity. While located in the U. C. Berkeley School of Law the Center provides an environment where faculty and graduate students from many campus departments in the socials sciences and humanities, as well as visiting scholars from the US and oversees institutions regularly meet, present research papers, exchange ideas, and explore new concepts, perspective and research agendas. The Center’s associated faculty and visitors are drawn from many disciplines, such as political science, sociology, economics, psychology, law, philosophy, and history.

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