How to Write a Law School Essay

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Whether it’s 1L or your third year, writing an essay for law school can be intimidating if you don’t know all the rules to keep in order. Here’s our guide to writing your best law school essay with final paper season ahead of us.

Research Early

The hardest part is always the beginning. Writing an essay on any topic requires numerous hours of research either spent at the library or online. Be sure you are following your professor’s guidelines and where you can use your sources from as sometimes more specific databases are favored.

Cite Cases and Sources

If it’s your first semester as a law student, citing court cases can seem a little confusing. Follow this guide to making sure all the plaintiff, court names, and year are in the right place.¬† In general, brushing up on other citation styles is always a good idea. Always check with your professor how many citations you are required to have and if you are striking the right balance including courts vs other sources.

Peer Edit

Do you have someone you can trust to tell you that your main idea just isn’t flowing? Reading your paper out loud is always step one of polishing off your paper. Step two is getting someone else to do it. Get over the embarrassment and find a buddy you trust (you can also read theirs) to take some constructive criticism of how to improve your paper. Before submitting your work, the final step is giving it a quick scan for plagiarism through Copyleaks.

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