Picking Paper Topics

About this time of year we begin getting requests for help developing topics for papers.  While we have several different resources that can be helpful, one that I like to show first is BNA.  BNA (now Bloomberg BNA) produces a number of daily and weekly reports on cutting edge topics in a variety of areas of the law.  These publications are a great place to go to find recent court cases or legislation in areas such as bankruptcy, employment discrimination, health law, and white collar crime to name a few.  Another popular BNA resource is United States Law Week, which has a feature detailing recent circuit splits.  Email alerts are available for many BNA resources so you can keep up to date with what’s going on.  A list (with links) to all the BNA material the law library subscribes to is available here.

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