This course is designed to introduce students to the foundations of and wide variety of approaches to legal scholarship for students interested in academia and legal scholarship. The course will take place in part in conjunction with a Research Colloquium for LL.M. students. JD students will be permitted to enroll with special permission. The course has two primary objectives: (1) to introduce students to the various theoretical and conceptual approaches to legal scholarship; and (2) to provide a foundation for the preparation of high-quality legal scholarship. The topics to be covered include: an introduction to scholarly approaches to legal problems (e.g., doctrinal analysis; law and economics; public choice theory; critical race theory); methods and strategies for the researching of constitutions, statutes, caselaw, and international law; development of a scholarly thesis statement; and the organization, writing, and editing of scholarly works. Students will be required to attend presentations by scholars that will be arranged periodically throughout the semester.
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