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Call # KF250 .F35 2011
Author Fajans, Elizabeth
Title Scholarly writing for law students : seminar papers, law review notes and law review competition papers / by Elizabeth Fajans, Mary R. Falk
Imprint St. Paul, MN : West, c2011
Edition 4th ed
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 INTL REF  KF250 .F35 2011    LIB USE ONLY
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Descript. xi, 227 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Legal composition
Academic writing
Alt Author Falk, Mary R., 1942-
OCLC # 672203192
Table of Contents
ch. One Introduction: Scholarly Writing in Law School 
A.Legal Scholarship1
B.Seminar Papers, Student Law Review Articles, and Law Review Competition Papers4
1.Comment: Examining One Aspect of the Law5
2.Casenote: Analyzing One Opinion9
3.Law Review Competition Paper: A Special Case11
C.Process of Scholarly Writing12
ch. Two Inspiration: Choosing a Topic and Developing a Thesis14
A.Choosing a Topic18
1.Finding a Topic19
2.Narrowing Your Topic20
B.Distinguishing Topic and Thesis22
C.Finding and Developing a Thesis26
1.Keeping a Reading Journal26
2.Probing Text28
a.Ask Questions29
b.Read for Argument Type30
c.Read for Inconsistency, Logical Error, and Omission33
d.Take a Problem-Solving Approach36
e.Read for Jurisprudence37
f.Read for Rhetoric and Style38
3.Probing Context40
a.Examine the Legal Context40
b.Probe the Broader Context43
4.Experimenting With Freewriting45
5.Still Fishing? Further Thoughts47
D.Refining and Testing Your Thesis47
 Further Reading51
ch. Three Mostly Research Stage52
A.Gathering Information53
1.Be Thorough53
2.Ask Someone55
3.Start With Secondary Sources55
4.Be a Savvy Internet User58
5.Stay Current59
B.Assimilating Information59
 Further Reading61
ch. Four Writing Processs Getting It Down on Paper62
A.Working Toward an Outline63
1.Working on a Statement of Purpose63
2.Freewriting "Dump" or "Zero" Drafts64
3.Using Charts and Diagrams68
a.Case Charts68
b.Cluster Diagrams69
c.Issue Trees70
B.Creating an Outline71
1.Adapting the Traditional Casenote or Comment Outline71
2.Using Paradigms73
a.Problem/Solution Pattern73
b.Comparative Paradigms74
c.Cause and Effect Pattern77
C.Writing the Draft77
ch. Five Writing Process: Revising and Polishing80
A.Revision and the Reader80
B.Gaining Perspective82
C.Revising: Content82
D.Revising: Organization85
1.Large-Scale Organization86
 Exercise 5.189
2.Small-Scale Organization90
b.Section Introductions and Conclusions93
c.Topic Sentences and Transitions93
 Exercise 5.295
E.Polishing: Paragraph Structure97
 Exercise 5.399
F.Polishing: Sentence-Level Revision100
G.Polishing: Proofreading101
 Proofreader's Marks102
 Further Reading103
ch. Six Footnotes and the Ethical Use of Borrowed Materials104
B.Attribution, Plagiarism, and Fair Use111
C.Textual Footnotes117
 Exercise 6.1118
 Exercise 6.2120
 Exercise 6.3123
 Exercise 6.4124
ch. Seven Writing With Care125
A.Grammar and Usage125
1.Agreement: Subject/Verb and Pronoun/Antecedent125
2.Avoiding Sexist Language126
 Exercise 7(A)(2)127
3.Beginning Sentences With Conjunctions127
4.Complex Subjects127
 Exercise 7(A)(4)128
5.Interrupting Clauses and Phrases128
6.Modifiers: Misplaced and Dangling128
 Exercise 7(A)(6)129
 Exercise 7(A)(7)129
8.Parallel Construction130
 Exercise 7(A)(8)130
9.Passive v. Active Voice130
10.Sentences as Narrative131
 Exercise 7(A)(10)132
11.Sentence Coherence: Using the Right Word132
 Exercise 7(A)(11)132
12.Split Infinitives132
 Exercise 7(A)(12)133
13.That or Which133
 Exercise 7(A)(13)134
14.Verb Tenses134
15.Who or Whom?134
 Exercise 7(A)(15)135
16.Wordiness: Diagnosis and Cure135
 Editor's Abbreviations136
1.Punctuation Styles137
 Exercise 7(B)(3)140
 Exercise 7(B)(4)140
 Exercise 7(B)(6)141
 Exercise 7(B)(7)142
8.Quotation Marks142
 Review Exercise143
ch. Eight Writing With Style144
A.Memorable Titles145
B.Intriguing Introductions and Satisfying Conclusions147
1.Use Narrative148
2.Open or Close With a Quotation150
3.Begin Quickly and End Forcefully151
C.Creative Syntax154
1.Syntax of Conversation154
2.Syntax of Ceremony156
E.Mixing Styles161
F.Some Final Thoughts163
ch. Nine Law Review Process: Evaluating and Editing the Work of Others164
A.Student Authors165
1.Gatekeepers: Scoring Law Review Competition Papers165
a.Characteristics of a Good Competition Paper166
b.Tips on Scoring166
2.Midwives: Peer Editing168
a.Beginning (The Reading and Exploring Stage)168
b.Drafting (Getting Ideas Down on Paper)169
c.Revising (Writing for Readers)170
B.Outside Authors173
1.Gatekeepers: Selecting Articles From Outside Authors173
2.Midwives: Editing the Work of Experts176
C.Writing Constructive Comments178
1.Editing Protocol178
2.Types of Feedback179
a.Exploratory Feedback179
b.Descriptive Feedback179
c.Prescriptive Feedback179
d.Judgmental Feedback180
3.Organizing Your Comments181
D.Chain of Authority: Editorial Cooperation & Communication184
ch. Ten Getting Mileage: Winning Awards, Publishing Your Work, and Joining the Conversation185
Appendix A Sample Casenote/Competition Paper191
Appendix B Answers to Exercises201
A.Chapter 5 Answers201
 Exercise 5.1201
 Exercise 5.2202
 Exercise 5.3205
 Exercise 5.4206
B.Chapter 6 Answers208
 Exercise 6.1208
 Exercise 6.2210
 Exercise 6.3212
 Exercise 6.4212
C.Chapter 7 Answers213
 Exercise 7(A)(2)213
 Exercise 7(A)(4)213
 Exercise 7(A)(6)213
C.Chapter 7 Answers---Continued 
 Exercise 7(A)(7)213
 Exercise 7(A)(8)213
 Exercise 7(A)(10213
 Exercise 7(A)(11)214
 Exercise 7(A)(12)214
 Exercise 7(A)(13)214
 Exercise 7(A)(15)214
 Exercise 7(B)(3)214
 Exercise 7(B)(4)215
 Exercise 7(B)(6)215
 Exercise 7(B)(7)215
Appendix C Scholarly Writing Workshops and Courses217
B.Scholarly Writing Seminars218
1.Syllabus: Two-Term Scholarly Writing Seminar219
2.Syllabus: One-Term Scholarly Writing Seminar221
3.Schedule for Writing Projects in a Doctrinal Seminar222
C.Collaberative Groups222