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Juris Masters Program Guide

A guide with materials on research for students in the Juris Masters program.

Preemption Check

Doing a preemption check will help verify that your approach to your topic is original. The research you do for your preemption check may also be useful for your project.

Preemption Checklist PDF file  – Please take advantage of our checklist to aid you on what sources you need to check.

CALI's Preemption Checking Lesson - A great presentation on how to determine if your argument is preempted. If you do not have a CALI account, please email John Scherrer.

Writing Guides & Topic Selection

Eugene Volokh, Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review (5th ed. 2016), RESERVE KF250 .V65 2016.  Part I of the Volokh text discusses "Finding What to Write About (The Claim)."

Elizabeth Fajans & Mary R. Falk, Scholarly Writing for Law Students: Seminar Papers, Law Review Notes and Law Review Competition Papers (5th ed. 2017), RESERVE KF250 .F35 2017.  In particular, see Chapter 2, "Inspiration: Choosing a Subject & Developing a Thesis"

Heather Meeker, Stalking the Golden Topic: A Guide to Locating and Selecting Topics for Legal Research Papers, 1996 Utah L. Rev. 917. Available from HeinOnline, LexisNexis & Westlaw.

Richard Delgado, How to Write a Law Review Article, 20 U .San Francisco. L. Rev. 445 (1986). Available from HeinOnline.