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Legal Scholarship Seminar

Whereas most law school courses examine legal issues through the lens of published judicial opinions, this seminar explores the contributions of law professors to legal analyses, commonly through articles published in law reviews. Students will discuss the purposes of legal scholarship and read a range of scholarly writing samples to analyze what makes an effective argument based on both the substantive and procedural features of the paper. Moreover, each student will write a paper about a topic of her choice, with the possibility (but not requirement) that the paper will proceed toward eventual publication. Students will also have the opportunity to present their work orally to the class. Students in the course typically are interested either in the role of legal scholarship in contemporary legal debates, or in the scholarly mission of law reviews, or in a possible path toward employment as an academic. The seminar is usually offered in alternate years. Enrollment limited.