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Before a case or statute is discussed in law reviews, it is covered in newspapers, legal newsletters, blogs, or industry magazines and newsletters. Look up legal news using the three major legal research databases. Some legal resources enable you to search for circuit splits or cases of first impression that are worthy of writing about.
Both the ABA and Justia websites have blawg directories that researchers can search by subject. Legal blawgs frequently talk about hot issues and recent decisions and can therefore be a great way to find a topic.
Use the UNM Law Library's Finding Journal Articles research guide.
A preemption check is the process of determining whether the topic you are writing about has been substantially covered by someone else in the past. Preemption checks look for substantial treatment only - an article on your topic in a legal newspaper or bar journal is not considered notable. Even if a topic has been examined by other authors it may still be a valid choice if you differentiate your paper in some way.
To perform a preemption check, conduct a thorough search of available legal publications:
A thesis statement is the central idea upon which your entire paper will focus and it includes the issue that you will resolve. Some things to keep in mind are:
Thesis: an original and supportable proposition about the subject.
It is not enough to simply identify a problem; you need to try to resolve it.
Narrow your thesis to something manageable.
Develop Your Thesis.
After you identify your thesis, test it.