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Note Writers' Guide

This guide provides an overview of available CWRU resources "beyond Lexis and Westlaw" for students who are writing their Notes.

Getting Started

Picking a Topic

These books can help you select a successful topic and plan and organize your paper.

  • Elizabeth Fajans & Mary R. Falk, Scholarly Writing for Law Students: Seminar Papers. Law Review Notes and Law Review Competition Papers (4th ed., 2011) Law Library Reserve KF250.F35 2011
  • Eugene Volokh, Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting On Law Review (5th ed. 2016). Law Library Class Reserve KF250 .V65 2016   (Earlier editions that circulate are also available).

Schedule a research consultation.

Law students may schedule a personal research consultation with one of the librarian, who will offer extended assistance on researching your paper topic. A law librarian will contact you, probably within 24 hours after you submit your request. Please visit the reference desk in person or via email if you need a faster response.