The Empirical Research Group (ERG) is a methodology-oriented research center that specializes in the design and execution of quantitative research in law and public policy. Articles and reports published by faculty working with ERG have covered topics as diverse as bankruptcy, legal aid, pollution prevention, tax policy, gay rights, the living wage and campaign finance disclosure.
Faculty and students pursue empirical legal research at UCLA Law regardless of prior training. Facilitating a broad range of empirical studies through mentoring, coursework and research support, ERG offers services including research design, data collection and analysis, and manuscript review.
Students enrolled in our Empirical Legal Scholars Program hone skills in research design, statistics and data analysis and produce original research on a topic of their choice. Often hired to staff faculty research projects, these students also have opportunities to work with prominent researchers as part of the UCLA-RAND Center for Law and Public Policy, and to enroll in special empirical courses in bankruptcy, housing and public interest law.