Owen L. Coon/James A. Rahl Senior Research Program

The Owen L. Coon/James A. Rahl Senior Research Program gives third-year Northwestern Law students the opportunity to work closely with our renowned faculty exploring answers to challenging questions of doctrine and policy. Due to the generosity of the Owen L. Coon Foundation and other donors, there is a fund to support empirical research expenses of projects. Students are placed with supervising professors, experts in their field, to conduct research on the most pertinent current and historical legal issues.

Recent projects include a study of the mythical implications of a level playing-field in securities laws with Stephen Presser, an expert on shareholder liability for corporate debts; a study conducted with Shari Diamond, one of the foremost empirical researchers on jury process and legal decision-making, which questions if criminal trials have an effect on the recent decrease in civil trials; and an analysis on the public's diminishing interest in a speedy trial and the impact that this has on the Speedy Trial Act of 1974 with Sarah Schrup, director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic's Appellate Advocacy Center.

Rules and Regulations

Senior Research Guidelines (pdf)

Current Projects

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