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Scholarly Legal Research: Scholarly Writing

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

Scholarly Writing


  1. Novel
    Say something no one else has said.
  2. Nonobvious
    Avoid making an obvious claim.
  3. Utility
    Make sure your article has something the reader can take away.
  4. Soundness
    Get advice from someone who knows like your professor.

*From Eugene Volokh, Academic Legal Writing:  Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review. 4th ed., 2010.

Read These

Heather Meeker, Stalking the Golden Topic: A guide to locating and selecting topics,1996 Utah L. Rev. 917 (1996)

Eugene Volokh, Writing a Student Article, 48 J. Legal Ed. 247 (1998)

Guide to Law Review Research (PDF), Westlaw/Thomson Reuters (2010)