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Are you taking a seminar and you need to write a paper or papers about tax law and policy?  In the course of writing this paper, you may need to pick a topic, find books and articles, look at legislative history, research administrative law, and more. This guide is intended to introduce you to the many ways that the Library can help you accomplish these things successfully.


Writing a Scholarly Article - General Tips

The following books and articles can help you figure out just how to write that scholarly article:

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Scholarly Writing for Law Students: Seminar Papers, Law Review Notes and Law Review Competition Papers - Elizabeth Fajans & Mary R. Falk
Call Number: Law Reserves KF250 .F35 2011
ISBN: 9780314207203
Publication Date: 4th ed. 2011
This book takes you through all the stages of the scholarly writing process, including finding and narrowing a topic; developing a thesis; generating ideas on paper; research strategies; organization and content; polishing and proofreading; footnoting; and more.

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Guide to Legal Research and Writing from the Transnational Perspective - Francis A. Gabor (Editor)
Call Number: Law Stacks K85 .G33 2008
ISBN: 1600420400
Publication Date: 2008-06-01
Contains concise practical tips that will assist students in the research and writing process. Includes sections dealing with seminar papers, topic selection, and writing techniques. Samples of articles written by the author will provide a model for scholarly writing.

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Making Law Review: The Expert's Guide to Mastering the Write-On Competition - Wes Henricksen
Call Number: Law Reserves KF250 .H46 2008
ISBN: 9781594605208
Publication Date: 2008-09-01
Every year, law students across the country participate in the write-on competition for a shot at the most highly coveted prize in law school: membership on the law review. But until now, law students had nowhere to turn to for reliable information regarding the competition. This book has changed all that. Making Law Review explains how the competition works, and reveals the surprising and innovative techniques students have used to excel in it. Author Wes Henricksen interviewed dozens of current and former law review members at many of the top law schools to learn their secrets to success in the write-on competition. This book synthesizes those students' experiences into a comprehensive body of valuable advice on topics such as how to best prepare for the competition, how to effectively allocate your time throughout it, and how to write a winning submission paper.

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Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review - Eugene Volokh; Alex Kozinski (Foreword by)
Call Number: Law Reserves KF250 .V65 2007
ISBN: 9781599411958
Publication Date: 2007-07-01
Designed to help law students write and publish articles, this text provides detailed instructions for every aspect of the law school writing, research, and publication process. Topics covered include law review articles and student notes, seminar term papers, how to shift from research to writing, cite-checking others work, publishing, and publicizing written works. With supporting documents available on, the book helps law students and everyone else involved in academic legal writing: professors save time and effort communicating basic points to students; law schools satisfy the American Bar Association's second- and third-year writing requirements; and law reviews receive better notes from their staff.

How to Write a Law Review Article - Richard Delgado
Call Number: HeinOnline (must be on-campus or authenticate from off-campus)
Publication Date: 1985

Richard Delgado, How to Write a Law Review Article, 20 U.S.F. L. Rev. 445 (1985).

The author wrote this article to explain in simple fashion some rules, conventions, and shortcuts he learned over the years as a legal writer. He explains the various steps one ought to consider in writing a law review article, the types and genres of such articles, and a few tips having to do with submission and marketing of one's work.

Teaching Foreign LLM Students About Legal Scholarship - Matthew A. Edwards
Call Number: HeinOnline (must be on-campus or authenticate from off-campus)
Publication Date: 2001

Matthew A. Edwards, Teaching Foreign LLM Students About Legal Scholarship, 51 J. LEGAL EDUC. 520 (2001).
Discusses the purpose and form of law review articles.

Law Students as Legal Scholars: An Essay/Review of Scholarly Writing for Law Students and Academic Legal Writing - Ruthann Robson
Call Number: (must be on-campus or authenticate from off-campus
Publication Date: 2004

7 N.Y. CITY L. REV. 195 (2004).
Looks at the Falk and Volokh books.

Writing a Student Article - Eugene Volokh
Call Number: HeinOnline (must be on-campus or authenticate from off-campus)
Publication Date: 1998

Eugene Volokh, Writing a Student Article, 48 J. LEGAL EDUC. 247 (1998).
The original piece that his book expands on.

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