Step 1: Choose an example of white collar crime (Writing Assignment) or structural problem leading to white collar crime (Legal Paper) that interests you
Step 2: Assess the ways in which your example is the result of "bad apples" versus "decaying roots" (Writing Assignment) or "decaying roots" versus "bad apples" (Legal Paper)
Step 3: Propose legal reforms to alter the corrupt behavior
Write about what interests you: Professors want students to write about issues that they care about. If you're interested in the issues you've selected, it will be more fun for you to write your Writing Assignment and Legal Paper, and probably more fun for Professor Patel to read them, too.
Ask Professor Patel for feedback on your problem and proposed legal reform
Once you've picked a research topic for your paper, it isn't set in stone. It's just an idea that you will test and develop through exploratory research. This exploratory research may guide you into modifying your original idea for a research topic. Watch this video for more info: