LRTW (100-1)

I.    Goal

  • To equip new graduate law students with the basic skills in legal research and thesis writing.

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 (19 ed., 2010).

V.    Grading Policy

  • Participation: 30%.
  • Bluebooking: 20%.
  • Argument Outline: 50%.

VI.    Schedule (tentative, subject to change)

  • 09-14    Course Orientation
  • 09-21    How to Write a Policy Oriented Legal Thesis
  • 09-28    Thesis Outline v. Argument Outline
  • 10-05    Westlaw & Bluebook I
  • 10-12    AO Practice 1
  • 10-19    Westlaw & Bluebook II
  • 10-26    Westlaw & Bluebook III
  • 11-02    AO Practice 2
  • 11-09    midterm (no class)
  • 11-16    Westlaw & Bluebook IV
  • 11-23    university games (no class)
  • 11-30    AO Practice 3
  • 12-07    Law & Society Methods and Comparative Studies
  • 12-14    (TBA)
  • 12-21    (TBA)
  • 12-28    Final AO Presentation a
  • 01-04    Final AO Presentation b
  • 01-11    (final)

 

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