Are you struggling to select a seminar paper topic, or confused by the writing requirement?
If so, then we have the perfect presentation for you! On Tuesday, September 10, Professor Kurt Metzmeier will be presenting a not-to-be-missed session geared toward upper-division students that aims to demystify the writing requirement as well as provide practical information on some of the best sources for generating ideas for topics, ways to organize your research paper, and common pitfalls to avoid. The session will be held in Room 175 from 12:05pm - 1:05pm. I want to make clear that this program is designed to supplement, not supplant, the role of the seminar instructor in setting the requirements and expectations for papers in his or her class.
Program: Writing a Research Paper for Writing Requirement Credit
Time: September 10, 2013 12:05pm – 1:05pm in Room 175
Instructor: Kurt Metzmeier
Professor Metzmeier describes his presentation as follows:
This one-hour session will begin by discussing the student handbook section that sets out the writing requirement, noting its importance as a core requirement of a professional degree. Then general advice on picking a topic will be given, with some emphasis on library resources like subject-specific legal newsletters, ProfBlogs, and general legal news sources that may helpful in generating topics. Researching the policy aspects of legal issues that come up in seminar papers will be briefly discussed, leading to a treatment of issues involved in writing of a research paper. Issues discussed may include creating outlines, constructing a thesis, resolving common style and grammar issues, proofreading, and avoiding plagiarism by the proper use of quotation and citation. Given the limited time to discuss these matters, liberal mention will be given to library resources like Eugene Volokh’s Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, and Seminar Papers, and the collection of other legal writing books on reserve in the law library. (I have a few copies of these works which may be checked out from the Academic Success Office's library.)
You can definitely get a head start on your seminar paper and lower your stress level by attending this informative event.