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206 sec. 1 - Introduction to Legal Scholarship (Fall 2013)

Instructor: Kathryn Abrams  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: Tu 3:35-6:15
Meeting Location: 145

Course Start: August 26, 2013
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49463

This seminar, which is aimed at students with an interest in entering legal academia, seeks to build a critical appreciation of legal scholarship through reading, discussion and analysis of published works. Students will learn about the attributes and merits of full-length articles, symposium pieces, exchanges, review essays and more. They will also study distinct methodological schools or sub-genres of legal scholarship, and discuss the process of writing legal scholarship, with guest speakers drawn from the Boalt faculty. At the same time as students are discussing the work of others in class, they will be commencing work on their own papers, identifying a topic, undertaking the initial research, and narrowing and refining the focus of their inquiry until they are able to frame a specific thesis and argument. By the end of the first semester, each student will produce a prospectus outlining the central claims of his/her paper and present it to classmates.

This course does NOT require any prerequisites; nor does it require an application or the permission of the instructor to enroll.

Exam Notes: P
This is a credit only course
Course Category: General Courses

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