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Often, the most difficult aspect of writing a journal note is finding a topic. A good note topic focuses on an issue of current legal controversy. It sets forth an argument that is novel and nonobvious. The note should identify a problem and propose a solution. Common topics include circuit splits, new or proposed legislation, gaps in the law, new Supreme Court precedent, and unique court decisions.
The Law Library provides access to several resources that can help you choose your note topic. After choosing your topic, be sure to do a Preemption Check to ensure that your topic and position have not been preempted.
Current Awareness & Legal News
One of the best resources for identifying current legal issues are current awareness services, which report on recent legal developments.
Bloomberg Law News
For subject-specific news, click on ">" at the top of the page and select a subject area from the drop-down menu. Bloomberg Law username and password required.
Bloomberg Law Analysis
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Westlaw Bulletins & Topical Highlights
News updates arranged by topic (antitrust, criminal justice, family law, securities, etc.) or jurisdiction (U.S. Supreme Court, California, New York, etc.).
Westlaw username and password required.
Access to ALM legal news publications including: The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, The San Francisco Recorder, and The Legal Intelligencer.
News and analysis on legal developments including litigation filings, case settlements, verdicts, regulation, enforcement, legislation, and corporate deals.
Law Professor Blogs Network
Many blogs on many topics identifying current issues in legal scholarship. Professor Dave Owen contributes to the Environmental Law Prof Blog.
Bloomberg BNA United States Law Week
Weekly analyses, summaries and case reports for federal and state court and administrative cases. US Law Week selectively summarizes cases that establish new precedents, address new statutes, contribute to emerging legal doctrines, tackle current controversies, or further splits in the Circuits. Coverage: June 24, 1997 to Present
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