This guide is intended to assist law students at the University of St. Thomas School of Law with topic selection for Upper Level papers, Law Journal write-on competition, publishable papers for law reviews, and other research papers. This guide will provide guidance on choosing a topic, forming a thesis, preemption checking, and plagiarism/citation mistakes to avoid. This guide will also provide lists of sources for researching topic selection, available both in print and online through subscription databases and the free web.
For information on scholarly writing, please see our guide on Writing Resources for Law Students.
For help getting started with the research process, please see our guide on How to Do Research.
What to Avoid:
1. Resolving a Jurisdictional Conflict
2. New Facts, Old Laws: Old Facts, New Laws