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Help with Seminar Papers & Law Review Notes

Consult with a Law Librarian

Whether you are just starting to think about a paper topic or are putting the finishing touches on your final draft, now is always a good time to ask a law librarian for help researching a seminar paper or law review note.

We are happy to meet with you one on one. For an in-depth consultation, feel free to contact Lei Zhang, Student Services Coordinator, to schedule an appointment with one of our librarians.

And all the usual ways of contacting us for legal research help still exist:

We look forward to helping you.

Legal Scholarly Writing Aids

If you would like to find 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:

Some suggestions from Tarlton's collection:

Helpful Related Guides

The Library has authored many guides that may help as you work on your seminar paper. In particular:

  • Want to ensure you're the first one to write on your topic? Check the Library's guide to preemption checking.
  • Selecting a Paper Topic: The Library's guide on choosing a paper topic suggests a number of resources to help you select a paper topic.

There are also many helpful subject specific research guides, ranging from constitutional law to securities law, as well as guides to help with foreign and international law.

UT Libraries' Resources

As you write your seminar paper, you may decide to undertake some interdisciplinary research. Feel free to avail yourself of the resources provided by UT Libraries' system.

In addition to a host of print and online materials that you can find through their online catalog, you can also view their databases in different fields by subject, and consult librarians with different areas of expertise, who may also have developed research guides.