Steps in Writing a Paper
Finding a topic that fulfills the Advanced Writing Requirements and Skills Training is challenging and time consuming.
These guides will save you time and help you through the stages of writing a paper.
STEP 1: Choosing a Topic
Help finding a topic for your paper.
STEP 2: Preemptive Check
Checking to see if your topic is sufficiently original to merit your time and effort.
STEP 3: Research Strategies for a Law School Paper
In depth research - using the library services and resources.
STEP 4: Getting Published
Advice on getting your paper published.
Please contact any of our Chase Law Librarians if you need assistance with your research!
This guide incorporates suggestions from other libraries, including the University of San Francisco, Zief Law Library. The libguide author is Lee Ryan, Research Librarian.
Goals and Challenges of Topic Selection
Your goal is to write a comment, note, or paper that has something new to say, that is of manageable scope, and is interesting. Start with an area that you are interested in and then spend some time skimming publications to learn about recent developments.
This guide offers tips and techniques for identifying potential topics. The guide highlights the main tools for locating what's new, unsettled, or controversial.
Make a list of potential topics as you go along. If any appeal to you, do some very quick searches of cases, statutes, books, and law reviews to assess the topic's potential. Is there enough raw material for you to analyze? Is the issue sufficiently complex to justify a paper, note or comment?
The Best Place to Start
Start with this book.
Chapter 2 ("Inspiration: Choosing a Topic & Developing a Thesis") is filled with practical advice on identifying a subject you care about, narrowing your topic, and finding a promising thesis.