LRTW (099-1)

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%.
  • Exam (bluebook): 25%.
  • Presentations: 50%.

VI.    Schedule (tentative, subject to change)

  • 2010-9-15       Course Orientation
  • 2010-9-22      Moon Festival (no class)
  • 2010-9-29      How to Write a Policy Oriented Legal Thesis
  • 2010-10-6      Thesis Outline v. Argument Outline
  • 2010-10-13    Westlaw & Bluebook I
  • 2010-10-20    AO Practice 1
  • 2010-10-27    Westlaw & Bluebook II
  • 2010-11-3       Westlaw & Bluebook III
  • 2010-11-10     midterm (no class)
  • 2010-11-17     AO Practice 2a
  • 2010-11-24    university games (no class)
  • 2010-12-1      AO Practice 2b
  • 2010-12-8     Westlaw & Bluebook IV
  • 2010-12-15    (TBA)
  • 2010-12-22    Law & Society Methods and Comparative Studies
  • 2010-12-29    Final AO Presentation a
  • 2011-1-5    Final AO Presentation b

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