George Mason University Offers Workshop on Empirical and Experimental Methods for Law Professors

Below is the announcement of a empirical research workshop for law faculty.  The announcement was distributed via LSN.

                        FOR LAW PROFESSORS

                     Law and Economics Center
              George Mason University School of Law
                       Arlington, Virginia

                         May 23-26, 2011

     The Workshop on Empirical and Experimental Methods for Law
     Professors is designed to teach law professors the
     conceptual and practical skills required to (1) understand
     and evaluate others' empirical studies, and (2) design and
     implement their own empirical studies. Participants are
     not expected to have background in statistical knowledge or
     empirical skills prior to enrollment. Instructors have
     been selected in part to demonstrate the development of
     empirical studies in a wide-range of legal and
     institutional settings including: antitrust, business law,
     bankruptcy, class actions, contracts, criminal law and
     sentencing, federalism, finance, intellectual property, and
     securities regulation. Class sessions will provide
     participants opportunities to learn through faculty
     lectures, drawing upon data and examples for cutting edge
     empirical legal studies, and participating in experiments.  
     There will be numerous opportunities for participants to
     discuss their own works-in-progress or project ideas with
     the instructors. 


     David Abrams, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania School of

     Eric Helland, Ph.D., Claremont-McKenna College

     Jonathan Klick, J.D., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
     School of Law

     Bruce Kobayashi, Ph.D., George Mason University School of

     Kevin McCabe, Ph.D., George Mason University School of
     Economics and Law

     Joshua Wright, J.D., Ph.D., George Mason University School
     of Law


     The Workshop will take place at:

     George Mason University School of Law
     3301 N. Fairfax Drive
     Arlington, VA 22201

     The Workshop will begin on Monday May 23, at 8:30 a.m.
     and conclude on Thursday May 26, at 12 pm. Classes on
     May 23, 24 and 25 will run from 8:30 am to 5pm, and
     include lectures, group sessions, and opportunities for
     participants to present their own empirical projects or
     "works in progress."


     Topics covered include:

     - Research Design
     - Finding Data
     - Basic Probability Theory
     - Descriptive Statistics
     - Formulating Testable Hypotheses
     - Specification
     - Statistical Inference
     - Cross-Sectional Regression
     - Time Series Regression
     - Panel Data Techniques
     - Sensitivity Analysis
     - Experimental Methods


     Tuition for the Workshop on Empirical and Experimental
     Methods is $850 for the first professor from a law school
     and $500 for additional registrants from the same school.

     Tuition includes all session materials, access to
     statistical software (STATA), three lunches, four
     continental breakfasts, and one evening reception. You will
     need a laptop for this workshop. A check for $850 made
     payable to George Mason University Foundation (please note
     on the check that it is for "Empirical Workshop Tuition")
     must be included with the registration form. Registration
     and payment should be received by May 13, 2011. Space is
     limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-
     accepted basis.


     Full refunds for cancellation of attendance to the Workshop
     on Empirical and Experimental Methods will be made for all
     written cancellations received before 5:00 p.m. on Monday,
     May 16th. No refunds will be given for any cancellations
     received after Monday, May 16th. 


     GMU School of Law is conveniently located across the
     Potomac from Washington, DC with easy access to the Metro's
     Orange Line (Virginia Square Station).   

     Special hotel rates for workshop participants are available
     at two hotels within walking distance of the GMU School of
     Law: the Comfort Inn Ballston (1211 N. Glebe Rd) at a
     group rate of $149 per night and the AKA Virginia Square
     (3409 Wilson Blvd) at a group rate of $211 per night.  

     To make a reservation at the Comfort Inn, call
     (703) 247-3399. You can view the hotel's website at:

     To make a reservation at the AKA Virginia Square contact
     Scott Foster at (202) 904-2505, or by email at You can view the hotel's website at:

     To obtain the workshop rates, please mention the George
     Mason School of Law Workshop on Empirical and Experimental
     Methods. In order to receive these special rates you must
     book your room by April 23, 2011. There are limited rooms
     available so please make your reservations as soon as


     LEC CONTACT:       Jeff Smith
     Tel:               703-993-8101

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