Course Assistant: Richard J.H. Lin
- 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
- 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