DA2LRM01 Legal Research Methodology I

Faculty of Law
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
prof. JUDr. David Kosař, Ph.D., LL.M., J. S. D. (lecturer)
JUDr. Ladislav Vyhnánek, Ph.D., LL.M. (lecturer)
doc. JUDr. PhDr. Robert Zbíral, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Bc. Luboš Brim, Ph.D. (assistant)
prof. JUDr. Kateřina Ronovská, Ph.D. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
doc. JUDr. PhDr. Robert Zbíral, Ph.D.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is to make the students acquainted with major approaches to legal research. Mainly, the following issues will be discussed: How to write a good doctrinal thesis, Case selection, Empirical legal research: qualitative methods, Empirical legal research: quantitative methods, Interdisciplinarity in law.
Learning outcomes
After the completion of this course, the student will:
- understand the scope andf limits of major methodological approaches to legal research
- be able to apply these methods in his/her research
  • 1) Research in law: plurality of approaches. 2) How to write a good doctrinal thesis 3) Case selection 4) Empirical legal research: qualitative methods 5) Empirical legal research: quantitative methods 6) Interdisciplinarity in law
  • GEORGE, A. – BENNET, A. Case studies and theory development in the social sciences. Cambridge 2005; CÍSAŘ, O. Jak na výzkum v sociálních vědách?; SMITS, J. The Mind and Method of the Legal Academic; HIRSCHL, R. The Question of Case Selection.. and other
Teaching methods
lectures, seminars, individual consltations
Assessment methods
evaluation of a proposal of the dissertation's methodological framework
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught: in blocks.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2025.
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