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Death Penalty Seminar: Issues in Capital Punishment: Picking a Topic

This guide is provided by The Euliano Law Library to assist students of LAW-6518 Death Penalty Seminar: Issues in Capital Punishment in beginning their research.

What Makes a Good Topic?

What to Look For: 

  1. Emerging Issues
  2. Unresolved issues – split circuits or split of authority, case of first impression, unsettled doctrine, open question
  3. Pending Legislation
  4. Notable Trials
  5. Hot Topics

Where to Look?

Where to Look?

Current Event Sites

Searching current event sites and legal blogs can be a great way to get ideas for your research topic! 

  • Westlaw News
    • Do a keyword search for capital punishment, death penalty, ect.

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