Education Research Journal Vol. 2(7): 252 - 256, July 2012

ISSN: 2026 – 6332 ©2012 International Research  Journals  


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Doctrinal and socio-legal methods of research: merits and demerits


*Ashish Kumar Singhal and Ikramuddin Malik


Department of Law, Subharti University, Meerut, Uttar Padesh, India


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Research is an academic activity and as such the term should be used in a technical sense. Research is an original contribution to the existing stock of knowledge making for its advancement. It must be of high quality in order to produce knowledge that is applicable outside of the research setting with implications that go beyond the group that has participated in the research. Legal research provides an understanding of the basic types of law, legal resources, and subject terms will aid the process. The methodology used by legal scholars may be doctrinal or non doctrinal (socio-legal). In this paper, focus has been taken on two methodologies that are often employed by legal researcher. They include doctrinal or library-based research and socio-legal methods. Merits and demerits of these research methodologies are also described. 


Key words: Legal research, methodology, doctrinal, socio-legal.





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