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For most law students, at some point in your law school career you’ll have to write a Note or Comment (possibly for publication). It may seem impossible to pick just one topic to focus your time on (you will work on this paper for a really long time), but Stephanie Martin — a third-year law student who is very familiar with this dilemma — has some excellent advice to share. Take it away Stephanie…
Every year, law students around the country take on another task on top of the “regular” tasks of keeping up with classes and extracurricular activities—participating on a journal. Schools structure their writing and editing processes differently, but the requirement of writing an article for publication is pretty much universal. So every year, law students around the country must dive into the process of Topic Selection.
Choosing a topic on which you will spend a lot of time writing is never an easy task, even in writing for a class. However, classes usually have a limited subject area that narrows down the pool of topics from which students can choose. Writing for a journal often seems more daunting because the potential topics seem virtually limitless. At the same time, a lot of scholarship is written on all topics, which narrows down the scope of potential original topics. These factors coincide to make it both (very!) time consuming and difficult for students effectively to contribute an original thought. [Read more…] about How to Pick a Law School Note Topic