General Rules Of Writing A Law Research Paper Proposal

During your years in law school, you will be required to write a law research paper. It is important to realize that there are some general rules that need to be followed. Let us look at a few of them.

Important notes

Your full names should appear in the first page of the research proposal. You should bear in mind that the paper may also be passed through a plagiarism checking software.

Content of proposal

Ensure that you write a research proposal of about 1000 words. It should include:


Ensure that your proposal has a working title. However, you can always change this title when doing the research.

Research content

The research content should be a background on which to carry out the research content. Ensure that this is not only brief but it also outlines some general study areas and identify the areas of study in which the study falls. Also check current information and recent debates on the subject. Ensure that you reference in the same way you do in an essay. For instance, you should footnote the books or articles that you have referred to. Also include the full details of the title, author, date of publication and many others.

Research questions, issue and aim that you need to address

Apart from the background that has been given in the content of research, you should also include contributions that you expect the research to make. You should do this using research issues/questions and specific objectives.

Proposed research objectives

  • The goal of this section is to show:
  • How the research serves to fill a particular gap

The importance of the research. Avoid just saying that this area hasn’t be studied before but also show why it is an important area of study and why you believe that it make interesting study area

Methods of research

You should use this section to explain whether you will be carrying out your research in the library or in the field. You should give the details of how you expect to get the information. Many legal researches are usually based in the library and rely on the already existing information like articles, journals, legislations, case reports, historical records as well as treaties. However, there are studies that need empirical data or fieldwork. This involves gathering of information using interviews, court observations and questionnaires.