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Choosing a Paper Topic

Writing for a law review or seminar? This guide can help you find a topic worthy of a paper.

Navigating Tarlton's Collection

If you would like to find additional works on academic legal writing, you can search TALLONS, the online catalog, or browse the library's stacks:

Helpful call number ranges:

  • KF 240-251 (Legal research and writing)

Helpful subject heading:

Blogs

Law blogs posts can spur a full length article. Listed below are selected group blogs of general legal interest. 

Resources for Getting Published

Split Circuits

A good way to come up with a paper topic is to look for points of law on which courts from different jurisdictions disagree, i.e., circuit splits.

Federal Law Developments

New and proposed laws are also ripe for analysis. Listed below are resources for keeping track of the latest federal developments in the three branches of government: judicial, executive, and legislative. (For more tools for tracking legislation, see the library's federal legislative history guide.)

Texas Law Developments

Places to track state-level legal developments in Texas that could be fleshed out more fully in a law review note or seminar paper.

Addt'l Research Guides & Resources

Tailored Resources from Legal Vendors