LRTW (102-1)

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)

  • 09-18    Course Orientation
  • 09-25    How to Write a Policy Oriented Legal Thesis
  • 10-02    Thesis Outline v. Argument Outline
  • 10-09    Westlaw & Bluebooking I
  • 10-16    AO Practice 1
  • 10-23    Westlaw & Bluebooking II
  • 10-30    AO Practice 2
  • 11-06    Westlaw & Bluebooking III
  • 11-13    Westlaw & Bluebooking IV
  • 11-20    University Games (no class)
  • 11-27    AO Practice 3
  • 12-04    (midterm)
  • 12-11    Law & Society Methods and Comparative Studies
  • 12-18    (TBA)
  • 12-25    Final AO Presentation I
  • 01-01    (National Holiday)
  • 01-08    Final AO Presentation II
  • 01-15    (final)

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