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Law Review - Topic Selection & Preemption Checks  

This guide is intended to provide helpful information and resources to assist law review students in selecting note topics and conducting preemption checks.
Last Updated: Aug 13, 2015 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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This guide has been prepared to provide you with information and resources that will assist you in selecting a topic for your law review note and in carrying out a preemption check to ensure that your topic is an original one.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, don't hesitate to contact any of the Pacific McGeorge librarians.


Selecting a Topic for Your Note

Finding a topic for your law review note can be a challenging task.  You want a topic that is timely, not too broad nor too narrow, of interest, and original to you.


Preemption Checks

When you have decided on a potential topic, you need to be sure that an article on that topic has not already been researched and published.  Conducting a preemption check involves searching for, locating and reviewing any articles that deal with your proposed topic.

If there is an existing article on your general topic, it may still be possible to sufficiently distinguish your topic.

In order to conduct a preemption check, you need to search for existing law review articles and, to the extent possible, works in progress.


Library Policies - Law Review Students

Law Review students have the following extended circulation privileges:

  • Circulation materials from the Treatise Room will be loaned for three week periods and may be renewed up to three times.  These materials are subject to recall after two weeks.
  • Non-circulating materials from Stacks and the Treatise Room will be loaned for 7 days, with no renewals. 
  • Maximum number of items checked out at any one time increased to 25.

Law Review students are expected to comply with the following policy and procedures:

  • Law Review students must present their ID card at the Circulation Desk when items are checked out or services requested.
  • Law Review students are responsible for all items checked and all fines per standard library policy.
  • Law Review sutdents are responsilbe for all interlibrary loans made in their name, including the payment of any overdue fines.

Inter-Library Loans

Research materials not available in the Library may be borrowed from other libraries by filing an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Request.

Pacific McGeorge students may make ILL requests by:

Reference Desk

For further assistance, contact the Reference Desk either by email  or call at 916.739.7164


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