Students in Law 17 and 34 are required to do a legal research and writing paper.
You may use the same paper for both classes. Just make sure that you have updated your cases and citations from one semester to another if you take the classes in different semesters.
Below is the format for your paper. You will post the various parts of your paper and the final paper under the moodle classroom.
Make sure you create an “Argumentative Paper” which states and proves an argumentative thesis
Here is how your paper will be graded
The parts of your paper which you will post under your moodle classroom
1. post your research topic
2. post preliminary research information on your topic
3. post your paper’s thesis
4. post your strategy in finding your five (5) cases
5. post your outline for the paper
6. post the end notes – i.e. your five cases (or more) for your paper
7. post your final paper
contact your paralegal tutors for help on this final paper.
Read information on Legal Research.
Law 17-34 papers: Make sure your papers include at least five (5) court cases (judicial opinions). Doing a social science opinion paper – “I believe … because” supported by wikipedia information is NOT acceptable. You will need to use the legal search engines to find cases. Read case citations.
see legal writing resources at http://del.icio.us/abogado/legal-writing and also http://del.icio.us/abogado/legalresearch and sample student papers – http://profjordan.pbwiki.com/format
What your Law 17 and Law 34 papers should look like:
1. Title of your Paper
2. Thesis Statement
3. Scope of the Paper
4. Body of your Paper
6. End notes – at the end of the paper – which gives your 5 cases and codes and refers back to the numbers in the body of your paper giving, or citing the auhtority.
1. Length: sufficient to cover your topic and thesis.
2. At least (5) different cases cited under footnotes
3. Writing must be original, that is “yours”, and not “copy and pasted” from elsewhere.
4. Anything you do “copy and paste” must be “between quotes” and must have a footnote, and the webpage, or URL where you got it
1. Title of Paper
Give a name to your paper
“Sellers Beware: Caveat Emptor Under Fire in New York”
2. Thesis Statement
Stakeout your “claim” – that is give your “interpretation” on the reading and research you have down, and later you will support that with evidence, facts, and argument
3. Scope of this Paper
Tell the reader what you are going to discuss and what you are “not” going to discuss. This then limits your paper to something reasonable.
4. Body of your Research or Legal Writing Paper
This is where you provide your interpretation. Any work that is “copied and pasted” must be “placed between quotes”, and underlined and then followed by a footnote, eg. 1, 2,3, which appears also at the bottom under footnotes.
Give your conclusions here about your paper
4. End Notes or Footnotes:
Be sure to give the name of the case or code, all cases or codes are underlined, and also provide the website” eg.
1. PROPERTY CONDITION DISCLOSURE ACT, N.Y. A.B. 1173, 222d Ann. Leg. Sess. (1999)
(vetoed on December 8, 2000, after being sent to the Governor on November 27, 2000).
2. London v. Courduff, 141 A.D.2d 803, 804, 529 N.Y.S.2d 874, 875 (N.Y. App. Div., 2d
Dept. 1988), leave denied, 73 N.Y.2d 809, 537 N.Y.S.2d 494 (N.Y. 1988).
4. See Jee Foo Realty Corp. v. Lemmle, 259 A.D.2d 401, 402, 687 N.Y.S.2d 103, 104 (N.Y.
App. Div., 1st Dept. 1999).
5. Haberman v. Greenspan, 82 Misc.2d 263, 265, 368 N.Y.S.2d 717, 720 (N.Y. Sup. Ct.,
Richmond Co. 1975). See Striker v. Graham Pest Control Co., Inc., 179 A.D.2d 984, 984-85,
578 N.Y.S.2d 719, 720-21 (N.Y. App. Div., 3d Dept. 1992), lv. dismissed, 79 N.Y.2d 1040, 584
N.Y.S.2d 449 (N.Y. 1992).
6. Caceci v. Di Canio Construction Corp., 72 N.Y.2d 52, 530 N.Y.S.2d 771 (N.Y. 1988).
See Fumarelli v. Marsam Development, Inc., 92 N.Y.2d 298, 302, 680 N.Y.S.2d 440, 442 (N.Y.
7. Caceci, 72 N.Y.2d at 58-59, 530 N.Y.S.2d at 774 (N.Y. 1988).
8. 169 A.D.2d 254, 572 N.Y.S.2d 672 (N.Y. App. Div., 1st Dept. 1991).
9. Id., 169 A.D.2d at 258-59, 572 N.Y.S.2d at 676 (N.Y. App. Div., 1st Dept. 1991).
10. Id., 169 A.D.2d at 259, 572 N.Y.S.2d at 676 (N.Y. App. Div., 1st Dept. 1991).
11. N.Y. REAL PROPERTY LAW § 443-A (1995 N.Y. LAWS CH. 606).
12. See Trustco Bank, N.A. v. Cannon Building of Troy Assoc., 246 A.D.2d 797, 799, 668
N.Y.S.2d 251, 253 (N.Y. App. Div., 3d Dept. 1998).
created by legislation in coming years, sellers of previously occupied housing (i.e., those covered
by the proposed NY Bill) should continue including such clauses in their contracts as should
builders/developers of new housing.
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