- 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)
- 9-16 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