An appraisal of literature review and theoretical framework in legal research
Aderonke Abimbola Ojo
This paper seeks to appraise the requirements for evincing the structural bedrock of legal research which are predicated on two fulcrums- Literature review and Theoretical framework. Deeply concerned by the disturbing decline in the quality, structure and composition of legal research conducted by scholars and researchers alike, this study attempts a reformatory discourse to refresh, review and reveal the basic requirements, processes and procedure for heralding a researchable work and avers that any legal research that fails to kick-start on the solid ground of a robust and relevant literature review and theoretical framework does not qualify as a legal writing properly so-called. The paper concludes that a legal researcher must engage in a worthwhile literature review along the lines of his proposed study and in similar or related literature and situate same within a theoretical framework in order keep the work focused, assess the merits of existing studies with a view to conducting further, more robust and better research, avoid duplication of existing studies and assess valuable information on the proposed study and elicit an instant theoretical framework in justifying the research questions set out for intellectual interrogation.