Qualitative Research Design in Legal Research (20283). 3 units. This seminar introduces basic issues of method and research design for students engaged in qualitative legal research. It provides an overview of essential features of any major paper or thesis dissertation, a survey of approaches to qualitative research, as well as a check-list of common problems to try to avoid. Topics include: the components of a good literature review; concept-formation, typologies and theory-building; the uses of single case studies in building and testing theory; the problem of case selection and causal inference and how to manage them; and strategies for “small-n” comparison. The seminar will emphasize close reading and roundtable discussion of texts. Student will write two 3-page "response papers” on the readings for two of the sessions. Paper required (original research, substantial literature review, or prospectus). Enrollment limited to twelve. A. Stone Sweet.