Law reviews are not only good current awareness tools to help you determine issues of interest, they also identify topics on which substantial scholarly writing has already occurred.
If you find that your topic is already well-represented, you can refocus early to provide new and original aspects to the body of research.
Bloomberg Law - In Focus Resources Bloomberg Law's In Focus resources are editorially curated pages that provide access to news, commentary, litigation filings, regulatory developments, and practice tools on emerging issues and other topics of note to legal practitioners.
Picking a topic can be the hardest part of writing a substantial paper or journal note.
Justia Blawg Search, directory of blogs by category.
Following are some examples from our Databases web page that contain current awareness news and analysis.
These can be found through a search of our catalog, Web Hopper.
Enter search terms "news", "analysis", or "current" along with keywords from your specific subject.
Questions to consider in choosing a paper topic When choosing a topic, it may be helpful to consider what subjects, classes, or activities you already enjoy and whether an appropriate topic can be developed from them. What law school organizations do you belong to and what projects were rewarding or useful? Librarians are available am-pm Monday-Friday at the reference desk, by phone, or by e-mail.
What projects from your summer legal employment were interesting? Resources that track and analyze current events and developments in the legal world, such as blogs, may also provide topic ideas.