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Scholarly Legal Research: Jurisdictional Conflicts

Legal research for students' SYS papers and law journal editors.

About Jurisdictional Conflicts

Finding a jurisdictional conflict offers a ready-made topic for a scholarly article.  To be valuable, your article must be novel.  In other words, you must say something that hasn't already been said by someone else in another article.  A jurisdictional conflict serves the reader as well as the researcher by examining an area of law that is changing.

Seton Hall Circuit Review

The Seton Hall Circuit Review was founded in 2004 on the recognition that thousands of cases are appealed to the federal courts of appeals all over the nation, but only a handful are ever reviewed by the Supreme Court of the United States.  This deferral leaves the reins of judicial power in the hands of circuit judges.  For practitioners in a given circuit, the court of appeals provides the only binding law and, until the Supreme Court speaks, a practitioner’s respective court of appeals is the supreme arbiter of the law for that circuit.
It is on this premise that the Seton Hall Circuit Review aims to publish scholarly articles analyzing recent important developments in all areas of the law at the federal appellate level.


To find journal articles on circuit splits, go to Heinonline's Law Journal Library.

Open the "Text" drop-down box and

Select "Article Title"

In the search box, type (with the quotation marks)

"circuit split"

After you get search results, further refine your search by scrolling down the left-hand side of the page and selecting a recent year from the list.