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Researching for a MLS Capstone/Seminar Paper or Project

A guide to help you get started on your big paper/project


Legal news is a good starting point for topic ideas that are fresh, relevant and haven't yet been written about in many law review articles. Legal news articles from legal news sources often include links to at least some of the primary sources being discussed.  The below are general legal news sources, for more specific sources by specialization (e.g., Corporate, Environmental), see the Areas of Specialization page.

You may find browsing and researching general news sources to be helpful in selecting an researching your topic.  There are a wealth of news resources available at UCLA.  The following are some suggestions to get started:

Legal Blogs

Legal blogs are another good starting point for fresh ideas.

The Justia website provides directories of legal blogs:

The following blog can be especially helpful for finding relevant, publishable topics:

Browsing Law Reviews

Skimming the tables of contents for law reviews in your area of interest can also spark ideas for topics.

Washington & Lee School of Law provides a ranking tool that allows you to locate the major journals by practice area.