International Workshop (Leading to Certificate Course) on Socio-Legal Research Methods

Venue: Teaching Block

Location: Bhopal [M. P.] - 462 044, Madhya Pradesh, India

Event Date/Time: Oct 01, 2009 End Date/Time: Oct 05, 2009
Registration Date: Aug 01, 2009
Early Registration Date: Aug 01, 2009
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The need for empirical focus in legal
research is now more expressed than was it
ever before. The legal research in this
country has always been dominated by
doctrinal method. This has served only
limited objectives. The development of
empirical traditions in legal research in India
could not take place effectively. The
research lacking empirical focus has not
been able to contribute significantly for
policy purposes or programme devising. The
situation was the result of various factors.
Primarily, the scholars pursuing law courses
often do not have enough opportunity to
train themselves in advanced methods of
research as the curriculum of law courses
have very limited coverage of research
methodology and that too is available at
only courses at LL.M level. Resultantly, a
large number of law students who join
various assignments realize that the
formulating or writing research proposal,
collecting and compiling data, analysis of
data and subsequently the preparation of
report are tasks requiring special skills not
possessed by them. Legal scene in the
recent past has drastically changed. It now
involves the knowledge and methods of
parallel social sciences. This situation has
further necessitated a proper research
training for law scholars and students.


In view of the above, a well-structured short
term training programme in the area of research
methodology and computer applications in socio-legal research could be highly useful for not only to the fresh researchers and teachers in the university/colleges but also for those senior faculty members who did not have
this type of exposure in their times of growing.

The core objective of the workshop would be
to developing skills in the areas of construction and applications of research methodology, data analysis through use of software and computer applications.
The Workshop intends to adopt a definite
methodology to achieve the objectives of the
programme. Besides conducting the practical sessions using various softwares, the participants would also be allotted the assignments of preparing a research
proposal detailing all necessary facets like formulation of research problems, research design, sampling, hypothesis building, analysis frame etc.

Area to be covered:
Following are some of the areas likely to be focused in this programme:

• Research Methodology- Assessing the needs in
socio-legal spheres
• Developing Research Proposals: Concepts and
• Sampling: Theory and practice
• Methodological Innovations in doctrinal and nondoctrinal
Legal Research
• Case Analysis Method
• Content Analysis for Legal Research
• Quantitative and Qualitative Applications in Socio-Legal research
• Software in legal research practice.
• Developing data analysis plan for computerization
• Introduction and application of SPSS/ package
• Use of parametric and non-parametric
Statistics in data analysis
• Use of graphics and diagrams in data analysis.
• Basic skill for searching socio-legal science
• Presentations of assignments on Research
proposals prepared by the participants

Level of Participation:

Faculty members of law departments and law
schools, social scientists, research executives, and research scholars working in various streams of socio-legal research and social science research are proposed to be involved in this workshop. The number of local and no-local participants is proposed be kept 20 and 20 (Total 40) respectively.


This interaction has been conceived as ‘Certificate Course’ and the participants after the successful completion of this course would be offered a certificate from this University.


The applicants to this programme are required to furnish their details in the prescribed Performa to Convener, International Workshop on Research Methodology, NLIU, Bhopal, India
The number of seats in the course are 40. Only
selected participants will be entertained to this programme on the basis of screening of

Participation Fee:

A nominal fee is proposed to be charged from the participants. The proposed fee structure would be as follows:
@ 350 US Dollar for Faculty members
@ 250 US Dollar for Research Scholars/Students
The fee would include training material, food and modest accommodation in the University Guest House on sharing basis for five days. Any extra day, prefixing or suffixing would be charged as per rules. In case participants wish
to stay in Hotels, prior information be made or book them directly.

About NLIU:

The NLIU has earned a front line status of an institution imparting quality legal education. In its brief journey of less than a decade, it has been able to carve a niche for itself. This University now stands as one of the most
reputed legal institutions in the country and it has been rated as one of the best law Universities in the country. Situated on hillocks surrounded by the lakes and valleys
and clouded with amicable weather, the NLIU has state of art modern facilities and infrastructure. The campus id Wi-Fi enabled and the library has huge collections of
books and journals.
Numbers for Contact:

Prof. G. S. Bajpai
0091-755– 2696965 (Telefax)
0091-9302920017 (Mobile)

Dr. Ashish Gupta


National Law Institute University
Madhya Pradesh

Additional Information

Prof. G. S. Bajpai Convener International Workshop on Research Methodology National Law Institute University Kerwa Dam Road Bhopal [M. P.] - 462 044 INDIA Website: E-mail: