LRTW (098-1)

I.    Goal

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

II.    Course Structure

  • Part I: Legal 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)

  • 9-16    Course Orientation
  • 9-23    How to Write a Policy Oriented Legal Thesis
  • 9-30    Thesis Outline v. Argument Outline
  • 10-7    Westlaw & Bluebook I
  • 10-14    AO Presentation 1
  • 10-21    Westlaw & Bluebook II
  • 10-28    AO Presentation 2
  • 11-4    Westlaw & Bluebook III
  • 11-11    midterm (no class)
  • 11-18    Westlaw & Bluebook IV
  • 11-25    AO Presentation 3a
  • 12-2    AO Presentation 3b
  • 12-9    Westlaw & Bluebook V
  • 12-16    BB Q&A, BB Exam
  • 12-23    Law & Society Methods and Comparative Studies
  • 12-30    Final AO Presentation a
  • 1-6    Final AO Presentation b