Legal Research & Thesis Writing (106-1)

I.    Goal

  • To equip new graduate law students with the basic skills in legal research and thesis writing.
  • To enhance presentation skills, especially in English.

II.    Course Structure

  • Part I: Legal analysis and writing
  • Part II: Legal Research (Westlaw and beyond)
  • Part III: Bluebooking

III.    Textbook

  • Harvard Law Review, The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20 ed., 2010).

V.    Mailing List: lrtw@domo.forza.tw

V.    Grading Policy

  • Assignments: 25%.
  • Participation: 25%.
  • Argument Outline: 50%.

VI.    Schedule (tentative, subject to change)

9-13 Course Orientation
9-20 Thesis Construction 1
9-27 Major Resources for Legal Research
10-4 Moon Festival
10-11 Thesis Construction 2
10-18 AO Practice 1
10-25 Bluebooking 1
11-1 AO Practice 2
11-8 (midterm)
11-15 Bluebooking 2
11-22 University Games (no class)
11-29 AO Practice 3
12-6 Bluebooking 3
12-13 Law & Society Methods and Comparative Studies
12-20 Final AO Presentation I
12-27 Final AO Presentation II
1-3 Final AO Presentation III
1-10 (final)
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