LRTW (101-1)

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)

  • 09-19    Course Orientation
  • 09-26    How to Write a Policy Oriented Legal Thesis
  • 10-03    Thesis Outline v. Argument Outline
  • 10-10    (National Holiday)
  • 10-17    AO Practice 1
  • 10-24    Westlaw & Bluebook I
  • 10-31    Westlaw & Bluebook II
  • 11-07    (midterm)
  • 11-14    Westlaw & Bluebook III
  • 11-21    University Games (no class)
  • 11-28    AO Practice 2a
  • 12-05    AO Practice 2b
  • 12-12    Law & Society Methods and Comparative Studies
  • 12-19    (TBA)
  • 12-26    (TBA)
  • 01-02    Final AO Presentation I
  • 01-09    Final AO Presentation II
  • 01-16    (final)

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