North Carolina Law Review, Vol. 56, No. 3 (April 1978), pp. 495-526


Traditional law review and text development efforts ensure the internal integrity of the law system. This article has attempted to explore research approaches that can improve the quality and quantity of the linkages between the law and other systems. Inherent in the approaches advocated with the physical science, social science and humanistic disciplines.

Constructive reliance on other disciplines, however, is not easily achieved, since the parts of each major discipline are so disparate and their yearly achievements so substantial. In most instances, their import for the law system cannot be fully grapsed by law scholars, even if they are trained in a particular discipline at the doctoral level. Thus, law researchers undertaking interdisciplinary studies must acquire the skills necessary to (1) anticipate the fields of scientific knowledge relevant to a particular law topic, (2) identify individuals within each field having appropriate expertise and (3) efficiently communicate and collaborate with such individuals. Most importantly, on a question of apparent relevance to each discipline, lawyers must sense when to give deference to the solutions of others and when to trust their own intuition.