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Research Strategy for Academic Writing


This guide includes advice to help you research seminar papers, journal notes and comments, theses, dissertations, and directed research projects.  Information on the tabs above will describe the wide array of resources to which we have access through Emory Libraries, as well as when and how to use them. 

Emory Law's Writing Requirement

Every student is required to research a topic in depth, submit drafts of a paper to the supervising faculty member for revision, and produce a substantial paper on a topic. A minimum grade of “C” is required to satisfy the writing requirement, which may be fulfilled through a seminar, directed research, or writing a journal article as a board candidate.

For further information on the upper-level writing requirements, please refer to the Emory Law Student Handbook below. The writing requirement guidelines are located in Appendix A. 

Guide Authorship and Currency

Originally published July 29, 2014 by Thomas Sneed. 

Last updated January 23, 2024 by Andy Stamm.

Questions for the MacMillan Law Library?

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Student Research Question?
Please complete our Student Research Request form. 

MacMillan Library Hybrid Research Services:

          Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
          Saturday - Sunday: Closed 

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Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 2am
Friday: 7:30am - Midnight
Saturday: 10am - Midnight
Sunday: 10am - 2am

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Friday: 10am - 1pm
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