LRTW (097-1)

Course Assistant: Richard J.H. Lin

I.    Goal

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

II.    Course Structure

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

III.    Textbook

  • Harvard Law Review, The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (18 ed., 2005).

V.    Grading Policy

  • Participation: 25%.
  • Exam (bluebook): 25%.
  • Presentations: 55% (2nd: 10%, 3rd: 15%, final: 30%).

VI.    Schedule (tentative, subject to change)

  • 9-17    Course Orientation
  • 9-24    How to Write a Thesis on Law
  • 10-1    Thesis Outline vs. Argument Outline
  • 10-8    Westlaw & Bluebook I
  • 10-15    AO Presentation 1
  • 10-22    Westlaw & Bluebook II
  • 10-29    AO Presentation 2
  • 11-5    Westlaw & Bluebook III
  • 11-12    midterm (no class)
  • 11-19     AO Presentation 2
  • 11-26    Westlaw & Bluebook III
  • 12-3    Westlaw & Bluebook IV
  • 12-10    AO Presentation 3
  • 12-17    BB Q&A, BB Exam
  • 12-24    Law & Society Methods and Comparative Studies
  • 12-31    Final AO Presentation a
  • 1-7    Final AO Presentation b

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