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Writing for a law review or seminar? This guide can help you find a topic worthy of a paper.
Last Updated: Sep 1, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts
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Navigating Tarlton's Collection

If you would like to find additional works on academic legal writing, you can search TALLONS, the online catalog, or browse the library's stacks:

Helpful call number ranges:

  • KF 240-251 (Legal research and writing)

Helpful subject heading:


Law blogs posts can spur a full length article. Listed below are selected group blogs from law professors of general legal interest. To stay abreast of the latest posts, use a RSS feed reader.

To find more specialized blogs that may be of more interest to you, check out these resources.

Split Circuits

A good way to come up with a paper topic is to look for points of law on which courts from different jurisdictions disagree, i.e., circuit splits.

Some of the resources listed below are blogs; to stay abreast of the latest posts, use a RSS feed reader.

ACS ResearchLink

  • Topics for Students
    The American Constitution Society's ResearchLink is a database of potential topics for law students suggested by practitioners.

Federal Law Developments

New and proposed laws are also ripe for analysis. Listed below are resources for keeping track of the latest federal developments in the three branches of government: judicial, executive, and legislative. (For more tools for tracking legislation, see the library's federal legislative history guide.)

Texas Law Developments

Places to track state-level legal developments in Texas that could be fleshed out more fully in a law review note or seminar paper.


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