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IS LAW A PARASITIC DISCIPLINE? AN APPRAISAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY IN LAW By Ochem C.E, Ibe Okegbe Ifeakandu

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Abstract

Research comprises primarily facts finding in a particular subject matter, facts ordering, fact systematizing and study in and predicting legal trends. Law is expressed in ambiguous language and leave gaps to be filled. During the process of its application from case to case, a lawyer or student has to carry our research to find out how law can be interpreted, this can be achieved through research, in effect, during the process of research, knowledge is added, problems are solved, inadmissible viewpoints are refuted and some scholarly conclusions are formulated. Research comprises defining and redefining problem, formulating hypothesis or suggested solutions, collecting, organizing and evaluating data, making deductions and reaching conclusion and lastly carefully testing the conclusions to determine whether they fit the formulated hypothesis. However, can law be studied in isolation, without reference to other discipline? By making reference to other disciplines, does that make law a parasitic discipline? Is law actually a parasitic discipline? An answer to these questions is the fulcrum of this essay.

Introduction

When lawyers or other professionals are confronted with a problem, whether legal or otherwise, it may be difficult, if not impressible, for them to analyse fully the facts and determine all the applicable laws immediately.

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