LRTW (104-1)

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)

9-16 Course Orientation
9-23 Thesis Construction I
9-30 Major Resources for Legal Research
10-7 Thesis Construction II
10-14 AO Practice 1
10-21 Bluebooking I
10-28 Bluebooking II
11-4 AO Practice 2
11-11 (midterm)
11-18 University Games (no class)
11-25 AO Practice 3
12-2 Bluebooking III
12-9 Law & Society Methods and Comparative Studies
12-16 (TBA)
12-23 (TBA)
12-30 Final AO Presentation I
1-6 Final AO Presentation II
1-13 (final)