This Essay argues that there is not, and indeed cannot be, a single exclusive method that comparative law research should follow. The tasks of teaching, research, of law reform, or historical investigation are too varied and contingent to be achieved by a single approach. It would be a serious blow if all matters had to be analysed from one angle or perspective, or treated with the same detail and depth, or prepared to the same degree or in the same way. Instead there should be a sliding scale of methods and the best approach will always be adapted in terms of the specific purposes of the research, the subjective abilities of the researcher, and the affordability of the costs. It cannot be said a priori that one method is always better than another until we know these variables.