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Law Review: Introduction

Following the Steps to Success (Law Review)

Upper Level Writing Requirement papers that are in the form of academic papers can also follow these steps. A preemption check is NOT required for an Upper Level Writing Requirement paper.

What is a scholarly work?

Akron Law Review cover“Good legal scholarship should make (1) a claim that is (2) novel, (3) nonobvious, (4) useful, (5) sound, and (6) seen by the reader to be novel, nonobvious, useful, and sound.”Source:  Eugene Volokh, Academic Legal Writing: Law review articles, student notes, seminar papers, and getting on law review 10 (Thomson Reuters 2010).


“One reason to write a law review note or article is to make an original contribution to the legal literature.”Source:  Note, Originality, 115 Harvard Law Review 1988, 2004 (2001).


"Writing a scholarly legal research paper requires you to develop and defend a thesis on a legal topic."SourceJessica L. Clark, Scholarly Writing: Ideas, Examples, and Execution 3 (Carolina Academic Press 2010).

The Parts of a Scholarly Legal Work

Scholarly legal articles often follow this arrangement:

1.  Introduction - includes the statement of the claim (In other words: point of view, opinion, thesis statement, problem & solution or issue & resolution)

2. Background Section - Describes the existing law, facts and/or history necessary to understand the problem.

3. Proof of the Claim - Show your claim is correct and the best way to solve the problem.

4. Conclusion

Source:  Eugene Volokh, Academic Legal Writing: Law review articles, student notes, seminar papers, and getting on law review 10 (Thomson Reuters 2016).

 

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