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Unformatted text preview: COR 856 Law & Ethics in CJJS Legal Research Paper Fall 2008 Worth: 300 points Due: Monday, December 15, 2008 at 10pm Writing a Law Review Article For the final paper, you are essentially going to write a law review article. For the purposes of this academic exercise we will refer to it as a “Legal Research Paper.” More specifically, you will research and write what is referred to as a “substantive‐law article”. A substantive‐law article focuses on a law's development and enforcement with emphasis on dividing the discussion into elements of the law and issues in controversy. A how‐to guide explains the step‐by‐step actions that someone would follow to do something. Both are typically designed for a practitioner who needs quick answers with citable research. The structure of a substantive‐law article consists of: • An introduction; • The law, including its development and passage; • A discussion of the issues and elements of that law, discussing primary and secondary authority and questions in dispute; • A discussion of practical consequences; and • A conclusion. For this paper you are to choose to write a “note” or a “comment” (see Westlaw for examples of both). The traditional distinction between "notes" and "comments" is that a comment (sometimes called a "case comment") is an analysis of the holding in a specific court case, while a note is focused on either legislation or on a more general legal theory or principle. Writing Suggestions Strive for simplicity, clarity, and brevity so that your readers don't work too hard. This isn't because your readers are lazy but because “[y]our industrious and smart readers are busy people ....” Other suggestions for better writing: • Use meaningful titles to introduce the article and each section; • Write a strong introduction to get your reader's attention and to set the tone for the rest of the paper; • Discuss your topic and sub‐topics thoroughly yet briefly; • Transition smoothly between issues to assure logical flow; • Address respectfully the opposing arguments that others could make against your thesis; • Don't personalize your arguments or insult those with whom you disagree; and • Adopt a tone of measured rationality to convey respect for and credibility to your readers. Some mechanical suggestions: • Keep quotations short and pointed; • Place periods and commas before footnote or endnote numbers and quotation marks; and • Use one space between sentences in articles you want to publish. Citing Most law journals request that you use footnotes. Others, like the New York Law Journal and the New York State Bar Association Journal, request that you use endnotes. Most journals use Bluebook citation format. You may use APA style of the Bluebook for this paper. Whichever citation style you use, write text and good citations at the same time. That'll mean fewer revisions later. Formatting Each law journal lists its submission guidelines on its Web pages. Some common things journals require are listed below. The COR 856 Legal Research Paper has these same requirements: • A cover letter with a brief abstract of the article and your contact information; • Word format; • Times New Roman, 12 point; • Page or word limits – Your paper should be between 10‐15 pages. ...
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  • Fall '08
  • Dr.KevinMinor
  • law review article, legal research paper, New  York  Law  Journal, New  York  State  Bar  Association  Journal, substantive‐law  article, law  review  article.

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