The explosion of empirical scholarship at law schools has not been matched by increased training of law students. Students who want to use their legal education for policy or academic careers need to look elsewhere for the formal instruction and mentorship that is a necessary foundation for good empirical work. The UCLA-RAND Empirical Legal Scholars Program is designed to fill this void. It provides a small group of students with the coursework and guidance to critically examine existing scholarship and to produce high-quality original research. Students in the program will work closely with UCLA faculty and RAND staff as research assistants on significant projects. In their second year they will receive instruction in research design, statistics and composition along with guidance from mentors in substantive areas of the law. By their third year each student is expected to have a paper suitable for conferences and/or publication.
For more information about the program and for the 2013 application, please click here.