Thesis Writing for Law Students. Prof. Gary Chodorow BFSU 2007-2008 Semester I. Class 1. What is scholarly writing? The process of scholarly writing Inspiration: Choosing a topic & developing a “claim”. WHAT IS SCHOLARLY WRITING?. What Is Scholarly Writing?.
Thesis Writing for Law Students
Prof. Gary Chodorow
BFSU 2007-2008 Semester I
What is scholarly writing?
The process of scholarly writing
Inspiration: Choosing a topic & developing a “claim”
What Is Scholarly Writing?
3. Source of topic: Scholarly writing topics are chosen. Practical legal writing “comes with the client.”
The Process of Scholarly Writing
What are you interested in?
What do you have experience in?
Ask a professor, judge, or practicing
Attorney for an idea.
Think narrow & deep,
not broad & shallow
How to Narrow Your Subject
Use your imagination like a zoom lens.
Categories of argument from Aristotle’s
Ask a series of questions:
Ask a series of questions (cont’d):
Claim = Your original analysis of the legal
problem and proposed solution.
It is enough to “find one point, one new insight, one new way of looking at a piece of law, and organize your entire article around that. One insight … is all you need.”
up with idea on own.
You don’t have to be Einstein to find an original claim.
Ask questions as you read:
Read for Argument Type:
Read for Jurisprudence: imagine how
different approaches would affect the
Citation to source in Bluebook format