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Law Review Guide: Tips & Tricks

Use the Law Library's Databases

Minimize Bluebook frustration

1.  Use the index!

2.  Use the quick guides inside front and back covers for citation examples.

3.  Use Tables 1 & 2 for specific jurisdictions (both U.S. and foreign jurisdictions).

Characteristics of a Good Article or Note Topic

Original: Your article/note should offer original research, ideas, and/or conclusions; it should bring something new to the world of legal scholarship.

Topical: An article/note usually should concern itself with issues of current interest.

Unlikely to be Rendered Moot in the Near Future: It could be pointless to write on a circuit split if the Supreme Court has granted review and will render a decision before your note will be published.  Also, avoid basing your article on volatile world situations that could change substantially at any time.

Narrow:  You cannot take on the world.  It is better chose a narrow topic and examine it thoroughly, than to be overwhelmed by a broader topic.

By Beatrice Tice,  University of Michigan Law Library.