We are rarely taught the art of legal research and writing as a discipline in our law schools. However, still “legal research and writing” remain imperative skills to excel in any legal field, be it litigation, corporate consultations, academics, or policy professionals. A course on legal research and writing, in a law school, gets a theoretical treatment that hinders skill-based learning.
This course focuses on implementing workable models in legal research by understanding various approaches to legal scholarships. You will also understand the importance and methodologies of aligning legal research and writing with the outcomes.
Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
Recent graduates, once out in the practice of law, face a tremendous amount of pressure to take a 360-degree turn and understand the applicability of the law to facts.
Lawyers spend ample time in interpreting, analysing, systematically arranging facts and law, and communicating their arguments. Each stage requires systematic research and writing exercises. Not only this, surveying, data analysis, and empirical trends also highlight the need for a policy framework and therefore think tanks, law firms, and other knowledge management firms look for law professionals with an extensive publication and research record.
This course is designed to provide an understanding of fine nuances of legal research and approach legal research methodically. Consequently, it will help in developing a goal-oriented and result-driven approach in legal research.
Shashikant Yadav is a writer, energy law researcher, and an academician with more than seven years of experience in legal research and writing. He has been associated with University of Dundee, Scotland, as an academic researcher and is currently affiliated with Central European University, Vienna.
Additionally, he is an Energy Law Fellow with NLU-Delhi's Centre for Environmental Law Policy and Research. He has worked on a number of research projects, including IIM Ahmedabad's project on “Supreme Court Analysis of India's Energy Sector”. His work has been published and featured with The Hindu, The Wire, The Ecologist, The Hindu Businessline, Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, Economic and Political Weekly, among many others.
The heart and soul of good writing is research; you should write not what you know but what you can find out about.Robert J. Sawyer
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