Legal Research and Dissertation

Legal Research and Dissertation

PART?A: Theory

Research: Idea and Nature, Classification: Scientific, Social and Legal Research, Kinds of Research Methodology, Analytical, Comparative, Historical and Interdisciplinary, Definition, Objectives, Importance and Types of Legal Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Legal Research, Modes of Legal Research; Design, Process and Steps in Legal Research: Topic Selection, Identification of Important Issues, Arrangement of Legislative Scheme, Jurisprudential Debate, Structure of Research Work, Justification of Research Topic, Role of Literature Review, Use of Reference Style and Bibliography, Case Analysis, Legal Reasoning, Questionnaire  Survey, Sources of Materials, Primary and Secondary, Collection and Use of Law Reports, Journals, Statutes, Books etc, Role of Information Technology in Legal Research, Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty; Legal Research in UK, USA, Australia, Canada, India, Nepal and Bangladesh: An Analysis;

PART?B: Exercise:

Every Student will have to produce a Dissertation (not less than 6,000 words) on a Selective Topic. The Student, on Consultation with the Concerned Course Teacher would choose the Topic;

Books Recommended:

1. Essentials of Legal Research by Dr. Abdullah Al Faruque

2. Legal Research Methodology by H N Tewari

3. Effective Legal Research by Miles O. Price, Harry Bitner and Shirley Raissi Bysiewicz

4. Legal Research by David Stott

5. A Handbook of Research (2nd Edition) by Dr. M. Zainul Abedin

6. Research Methodology: Methods and Techniques by C R Kothari

7. Concise Legal Research (4th Edition) by Robert Watt

8. Legal Research and Methodology (2nd Edition) by S K Verma and M. Afzal Wani

9.  Methods of Research in Law (London, Old Baily Press, 2000) by Charles Chatterjee

10. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Kate L. Turabian

11. Legal Research and Citation Style in USA (2004) by Ronald B. Standler:

12. Using a Law Library: A Student’s Guide to Legal Research Skills (2nd Edition) by Peter Clinch

13. A Practical Guide to Legal Research (2008) by Sue Milne, Kay Tucker

14. Library Guide to UK Legal Research:

15. Legal Research on International Law Issues Using the Internet by Lyonette Louis-Jacques

(Also Additional Books, Journal Articles, Contemporary cases, materials form Websites will be discussed by the Course Teacher Concerned)