The mini thesis Â paper is a research or thesis paper on a topic of the studentâ€™s choice, Â so long as it is related to contracts. The paper must Â be no fewer than 3,000 words and no more than 5,000 words. The word Â count does not include the studentâ€™s name, the title, or footnote or Â endnote references.
Â Students may use their casebook, material acquired from research at a Â law library or through LexisNexis, any material provided by the school, Â commercial outlines, etc. All situations and events described in the Â paper must be assumed to take place or to have taken place in an English Â common law jurisdiction in the United States. Any details that are part Â of an actual lawsuit or legal dispute should not be included in the Â paper if they are in any way considered confidential.
Â The paper must be an original product of the studentâ€™s own scholarly Â work. The sources of any non-original wording must be accurately Â disclosed and properly referenced. Evidence of originality will be Â wording that shows that a student is thinking about the legal issues Â covered in the course, is sufficiently familiar with legal concepts and Â doctrines of the subject, and is expressing his or her own thoughts and Â ideas about the sources cited in the paper.
Â Mini thesis papers are routinely run through a Â plagiarism-checking program. While it is expected that students will Â quote material from other sources, a good rule of thumb is that the Â paper should consist of no more than 10-20% from other sources, with at Â least 80-90% being the studentâ€™s own words.
Topic Ideas for the Midterm Mini Thesis Paper
Â Students may choose one of the topics below or come up with their own.
- Discuss the different aspects of the law covered in this course, and how Â it all comes together to impact the individuals and organizations Â (e.g., businesses and institutions) in society. This might include an Â overview of the course, but be careful to make it a thesis paper, not Â just an expanded version of the definitions assignment.
- Â Choose one or more key topics covered in the course, research the topic, Â and discuss it thoroughly. History, application, important cases, etc. Â may be included. Students may take advantage of this assignment to learn Â more about a topic of particular interest, or to more fully understand a Â complex topic.
- Â Choose an important case to discuss. Include the history of the law Â involved and how the case was significant to the field of law covered in Â the course. Students should include their own opinions about the case Â and may want to include prior cases which affected the case being Â discussed, as well as subsequent cases which were affected. Be careful Â to make this a thesis paper, not an expanded case brief.
- Â Choose two or three cases and write a paper which compares or contrasts Â them. As with the prior suggestion, students may cover the history of Â the legal issues involved, their own opinions about the cases, and prior Â and subsequent cases dealing with the same issues.
- Â Write about the impact of this area of law on your own life. Perhaps you Â work in a related area, or have been involved in a situation or case Â which involved this subject of law. Be careful not to disclose Â confidential information if you discuss an actual case. You may want to Â include ways that the knowledge you have now acquired would have made a Â difference in handling past events.
- Â Choose a â€œcutting edgeâ€ legal issue covered in the course and discuss Â recent changes and likely future changes. Or choose a current event Â affected by this area of law and give a legal analysis of the event Â based on the laws learned.
- Â Write about what you think is the most important, most interesting, or Â most controversial legal topic covered in the course. Research and Â present opinions of legal experts and contrast with your own.