The Forum: How to Choose a Substantial Writing Topic – And Write the Paper

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One of the best experiences students can have while here is to write a strong student paper, which can serve as a writing sample for clerkships, fulfill the degree writing requirements, and even be published somewhere. But one of the most difficult parts of these writing exercises is choosing a topic. How do you choose a substantial writing topic? What sort of topic is a good one? Where can one find help? And once one has a topic, how to go about writing the paper?

Barry Friedman, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law, NYU School of Law Troy McKenzie ’00, Associate Professor of Law, NYU School of Law Kathleen O’Neill ’06, Associate, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP Erin Scharff ’11

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