Socio-Legal Approach to Research

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Journal Title: Journal of Legal Studies & Research
Author(s): Snigdha Sood
Published On: 12/09/2023
Volume: 9
Issue: 5
First Page: 5
Last Page: 15
ISSN: 2455-2437
Publisher: The Law Brigade Publisher

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Snigdha Sood, Socio-Legal Approach to Research, Volume 9 Issue 5, Journal of Legal Studies & Research, 5-15, Published on 12/09/2023, Available at


Law and Society are intrinsically tied together primarily because laws cannot be divorced from the society. It is widely believed that law does not require one to be creative for it is mostly centred on application- which is made use of in the interpretation of statutes. This entails, the application of mind in order to make sense of the already existing laws and find its right utilization to the best of the person’s advantage.

Rooted essentially in the amalgam of social sciences, socio-legal research may be viewed as pragmatic, methodological and theoretical. A socio-legal investigation of sorts essentially entails that the legal researcher undertakes the task to manoeuvre through the profound complexities entrenched in the society.

To a great extent, the social understanding of the way things ‘ought to be’ in turn, forms the cornerstone for the formulation of laws, and by a corollary of that, law largely helps shape the society and its understanding. Hence, it can be inferred that Law exists for the people and is therefore, socially motivated.

In order to make a sincere attempt to bring about social reforms, a deep understanding of the laws is a pre-requisite. Similarly, a conscious attempt to adopt a muti-disciplinary approach needs to be made to bring about legal reforms. While navigating through the labyrinth of societal conducts, there arises an urgent need to anticipate the sociological, psychological, economic and jurisprudential repercussions of the legal reforms that are proposed and then make an informed decision.

The paper seeks to bring forth the trans-disciplinary approach to research, for it strives to emulate the overlapping of law and the social sciences. The paper sheds light on the development of the approach to legal writing and research that specifically undertakes to determine the complex social structures which form the basis for the laws to evolve so as to accommodate the dynamic social responses of the society in its entirety. The paper attempts to critically analyse the intricacies in the narrative that shape the understanding of laws, interspersed with elements from Literature and the various social sciences.

Keywords: Research, Social, Legal, Socio-legal, Methodology, Laws, Social Sciences

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