HOW TO WRITE AN ACADEMIC RESEARCH PAPER IN LAW SCHOOL?

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October 3, 2021

Most students want to write or work on research papers in law schools but have no idea about it. Some students become anxious when they observe ‘already smart’ students having their research papers published. Honestly speaking, I was also that anxious wali student. But someone has rightly said ‘Where there is a will there is a way’ and the Research Papers are no more a Ph.D. thing. If you know how to do it and what format to follow, then writing a Research Paper is a cakewalk for you. 

To begin with a Research Paper, you need to do some followed preliminary things:

  • Select a legal topic of your choice. The topic should be one that can be discussed in depth.
  • See the nature of your topic. Make sure your topic is unique and has relevance in the current time. Also, don’t go for one-sided topics, as it lessens the chance of providing your opinion.
  • After finalising your topic you need to build your knowledge base and develop a detailed outline. Start reading small relevant articles from search engines like google. Then access your library for Books and Journals. Also, only take the points which are relevant for your paper.
  • Don’t wait to start drafting after completing your research. Draft simultaneously and be precise while writing. Avoid using jargon.

Now, let’s discuss the easy and optimal format of an Academic Research Paper: –

  • TITLE

The title of your paper is one of the first insights readers will have about your research and notions. It should be brief, precise, and instructive. In your title, incorporate your most important keywords, but avoid abbreviations and formulas.

  • KEYWORDS

Keywords are words that describe the essence of your paper. Keywords make your publication searchable and increase the number of citations. As a result, it is critical to incorporate the most relevant keywords that will assist other authors in finding your paper.

  • ABSTRACT

The goal of your abstract is to explain the main aspects of your research clearly and succinctly. An abstract should always be considered because it is the first piece of your work that readers will encounter. An abstract is a brief paragraph (300 words or fewer) that describes the findings of your research paper. It mainly contains: –

  • your research’s context or background information
  • your methods of investigation and/or analysis
  • your main insights, findings, or arguments
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Acknowledgments may appear to be a minor component of your research paper, but they are crucial. This is where you thank the people who did not qualify for co-authorship but contributed to your work intellectually, financially, or in some other way.

  • INTRODUCTION

Simply said, the Introduction should address the question “Why”: “Why did you choose that issue for research?” “Why is it important?” “Why did you adopt a certain method or approach?” and so on. You can also think of the Introduction as the part that identifies the knowledge gap that the rest of the paper will fill, or as the section in which you define and claim your territory within the larger field of study.

  • BODY

Every paragraph in the body must support the main concept. If any paragraph in your paper does not support the major idea mentioned in your research paper in some way, it is irrelevant, which implies it serves no function and should be removed. Your key arguments and proof are situated in the main body.

  • CONCLUSION

It is just as crucial to writing a good conclusion as it is to write any other component of the paper. Remember that the conclusion is not a summary of what you have already said. Your final strong statement should be included in a decent conclusion. In conclusion, never include any new information. You must conclude rather than begin a new conversation.

  • REFERENCES AND CITATIONS

Citations and references should be well-balanced, recent, and relevant. Although each topic is distinct, you should try to cite references that are recent and not much old if possible. The studies you quote should be very relevant to your research subject.

STRUCTURING OF RESEARCH PAPER: 

  • Use Times New Roman, Font Size- 12
  • 1.5 line spacing
  • One inch margin all around
  • Footnotes in academic Bluebook style
  • Footnotes in the same font as the text
  • On headings and subheadings, use Roman numerals and/or letters, or style the fonts so that the distinction between headings and subheadings is evident.
  • Page numbers, preferably centred, in the footer

Before writing a research paper, one must be aware of all of these factors, and once they are, they are good to go!!!

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