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Choosing a Topic for Your Journal Article

University of Minnesota Law Library Research Guide Series

Contacting Your Journal's Librarian

Contact Your Librarian Liaison

Your journal's liaison can provide helpful research advice at any stage of your writing process, from researching possible topics and preemption checking, to researching your approved topic. Please contact your liaison to schedule a research consultation:

Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory Law and Practice: Vicente Garces
Minnesota Journal of International Law: Loren Turner
Minnesota Journal of Law, Science and Technology: Michael Hannon
Minnesota Law Review: Scott Dewey

Books, & Articles

Choosing a topic appropriate for a law review note or comment is a challenging task. You need to find timely subject matter about which you can provide novel commentary. Typically, you will focus on a recent case, enactment, or promulgation that illustrates a new development in the law. Although numerous books and articles on legal writing exist, only a few assist with topic selection. Those listed below will help you launch your topic selection.


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