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Books, Articles & Podcasts About Selecting a Topic
- Law School Toolbox, 2019. Podcast Episode 180. [podcast] How to Write a Great Seminar Paper or Journal Note.
- Heather Meeker, Stalking the Golden Topic: A Guide to Locating and Selecting Topics for Legal Research Papers, 1996 UTAH L. REV. 917 (1996).
- Richard Delgado, How to Write a Law Review Article, 20 U.S.F. L. REV. 445 (1986).
- Eugene Volokh, “Finding What to Write About (The Claim)” in Academic Legal Writing: Law Articles, Students Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review, 4th ed. (2010). Available at Faust Law Library Level 1 Compact Shelving (KF250 .V6 2010).
- LexisNexis: Tutorial on Note Topic Selection
- Westlaw: Writing a Law Review Article
Selecting a Topic
Explore the suggested resources listed below to aid you in selecting a paper topic. Make sure the topic is interesting to you, and that you can add something new to the discussion. Preliminary research will help you determine if there is enough material available to allow you to write a paper of the length needed for class or your journal note.
If you need additional assistance, please contact the Reference Desk.
- Check for the notes/commentary portion following cases to see if the textbook authors identified a split in jurisdictions or other unsettled area of law that provides a problem you can focus on.
- Look at Practice Centers
- Search the News category
- Search the Legal News category
- Find emerging issues by selecting the sources tab then typing 'emerging issues' - select a source from the list
Search other legal news sources:
Search general news sources for coverage of interesting or emerging legal issues
Read blogs in the topical area related to your paper
Other places to explore:
- Government websites
- Nonprofit websites
- Recent conference proceedings