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Project 2: Essay on current legal issues and presentation (worth 15% of the grade).
Each group is required to write an essay on a recent legal issue at the local, regional, or national level and give a 15-minute presentation to the class. The essay should include a description of the issue, an economic analysis of the issue, and your recommendation of the solution. Students must select their topics and have them approved by the instructor. No two groups can write on the same issue. Each group must schedule to meet with the instructor at least once during the writing of the essay.
- Let the databases guide your search: you can pick an area of law and search for it in the legal section of Lexis Nexis, than see what comes up. That way, when you pick a topic off of the list you already have a source!
- Remember to use your textbook as well as outside sources for your economic analysis.
- Once you come up with a solution to the problem, look for articles that oppose your solution. That information is useful in creating a fully rounded presentation.
- Don't be discouraged if your first search doesn't turn up the articles you want: research is messy! Keep digging.
Use the "Look up a legal case" tool to find cases. Keep your search terms general: Property Law, Tort, Contract Law, Antitrust, and Criminal are all useful search terms.
Business Economics and Theory (Gale)
This may have useful articles for the economic analysis and solution portions of your article. It's usually worthwhile to see if anyone has thought of your solution before because they will (hopefully) include strengths and weaknesses and that will allow you to make a more nuanced presentation.