Legal communication encompasses a vast array of inquiry and scholarship rooted in critical examinations of legal institutions (e.g., civil/criminal courts, government agencies, legislative bodies) and the creation of legal doctrine and jurisprudence (e.g., administrative, statutory and common case law). In addition, legal processes (e.g., litigation and trial practice, jury deliberations, dispute resolution) are also a subject of inquiry and examination for communication and law scholars. Finally, the modern study of legal communication has broadened to include various multidisciplinary methodological approaches to explain, uncover, and understand the law and its sociological, critical-cultural, and communicative effects upon society. This entry examines approaches to researching legal doctrine and jurisprudence, legal institutions, and legal processes in the communication research field.
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