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Finding a Paper Topic: Find a Topic

Tips and tools for finding and developing paper topics; includes resources for preemption check and keeping current on your topic.

General Approach

  • Choose a general area that interests you (e.g., environmental law, technology and the law, health law).
  • Look for circuit splits, novel cases, conflicts in the law, flaws in the law, or other legal developments.
  • Consider other country approaches to legal problems.
  • Talk to scholars and practitioners.
  • Use a librarian, refdesk@law.uci.edu.

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