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Masters of Studies in Law: Research Guide for Capstone Papers

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This Guide will help MSL students in writing their seminar papers and capstone papers. If you have any question about your Research paper don't forget you can call the library at (330) 972-7330 or contact the librarians

Don't be afraid to get some help. That is why the Research Librarians are here!  


Academic "Law Review Style" Papers

Check with your advisor and/or professor for the paper requirements. A typical legal academic paper contains the following:

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).

To learn more about the contents and structure of a law review style article, see:


This guide was originally created by law student Brittany Pellerin.