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CRJ/SOC 453/553: Sociology of Law

Research Guide for CRJ/SOC 453/553

Writing Your Inequality Paper

Writing Tips

  • Decide on the research paper's main thesis (focus) and main points first
  • Everything in your research paper should point back to the thesis statement

Research Paper Format

Research papers should have an introduction, a body, and a conclusion:

1. Introduction: summarizes what you will write and puts it into context

  • Start the introduction with background that contextualizes the paper's legal reform: this is where you will explain your example, which should give a real sense of a problem in which the 'haves' come out ahead and the context/reason why we need reform
  • Your real life example should be included in the introduction
  • End the introduction with a thesis statement, which outlines your legal reform and how your paper will address it

2. Body: The body of your Progressive Paper should have two parts:

Part 1 (the problem): use at least 3 scholarly, peer-reviewed, research studies to convince Dr. Patel that the problem in your example from the introduction is real

  • You should discuss what the researchers did, their results, and how these research studies support your view that the problem is real

Part 2 (the legal reform): discuss how your proposed legal reform would solve the problem

  • Provide details about your proposed legal reform
  • You can use law reviews as extra sources to develop your reform section, but they will not count as one of your 3 scholarly articles
3. Conclusion: summarizes what you wrote and what you learned
  • Briefly summarize your problem and your arguments for why its real
  • Briefly summarize your legal reform and your arguments for why it would help
  • End with a strong, final statement that ties the whole paper together and makes it clear the paper has come to an end
  • No new ideas should be introduced in the conclusion, it should only review and analyze the main points from the body of the paper (with the exception of suggestions for further research)
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