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Choosing a New Topic
- Look for a new legal development
- For example: a new case that may change the law in unforeseen ways
- For example: a new statute that needs to be interpreted *hint - compare the statue with laws of the other 50 states*
- For example: a potential new statute, or a new one in a state that might be adopted in others
- Find a common law rule that is changing
- For example: a minority rule that is becoming the majority *hint - compare or analyze how states have treated the issue over time*
- Think about a new way to look at an issue
- For example: what if you protected neglected pets not with criminal sanctions but a civil cause of action
- Consider a new social or technological issue that may need to be managed by new laws
- For example: how we could use the law to keep our devices from spying on us
Search for topics in:
- Current Awareness Services
- Subject oriented newsletters that discuss new laws, lawsuits, cases, etc.
- Topical resources such as blogs
Legal blogs often cover the latest issues under discussion, and provide new ideas for seminar paper topics.
Resources: Legal News & Newsletters
Legal news and newsletters highlight current issues and events that may spark ideas for seminar paper topics.
Legal news & analysis. Available on-campus, or with a Lexis+ law student, faculty, or staff ID.
Newsletters & topical tools
In Lexis Advance select News or Legal News under the 'Content Type' tab, or view the latest news in the drop-down box.
Newsletters, news & topical tools
In Westlaw select News under the 'All Content' tab, or browse the latest news in the 'News and Insights from REUTERS' box.