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Academic Legal Writing

Getting Started

Making a Research Plan and Organizing your Sources

As you begin researching, it is important to keep a research log.  You should record what you searched and where, both to avoid duplicating your efforts but also to find anything that you may have misplaced.

It is important to keep your sources organized to avoid unintentional plagiarism and to make footnoting easy.

Make an Outline

Your Outline will list your main point or your thesis, supporting arguments to your thesis and evidence for those arguments.  Your outline can become your table of contents and section headings so that your reader can better follow your argument.


Interdisciplinary Research

If your scholarship involves disciplines besides law, here are several databases that contain social science and humanities journals that may be of use:

Starting your research