This guide will provide a starting point for writing a law review or journal article, or a seminar paper. The resources mentioned within the guide are available to UCLA Law students through the UCLA Law Library and where possible links are provided. There are also some hints and tips scattered throughout the guide that we hope will help your writing. Before starting your research, it is important that you:
The research process for writing a scholarly article is a little bit different than if you are researching a legal issue like you may have done in your 1L legal writing class. There are generally steps that are followed, but with all research there is some flexibility in the process. This guide will discuss each of the following steps in turn.
The UCLA law reference librarians regularly host workshops and provide guest lecture on writing scholarly papers, so keep your eyes peeled for announcements.
You can also watch recordings of or view slides from previous workshops:
For additional guidance, try the following resources:
Additionally, you may want to reach out to faculty who are familiar with the subject you are writing about- generally, they will provide the best feedback on whether your topic is reasonable and relevant and they may have recommendations for relevant books and articles you should consult or arguments you should consider.
If you are a student at another school, we encourage you to reach out to the reference librarians, faculty, and writing centers at your school.
Guide created by Cheryl Kelly Fischer. Currently maintained by Caitlin Hunter.