Individual Project Instructions
To make the course engaging for each student, you will select a legal topic to research in Week 3. A list of potential topics is linked to this assignment. Although you are not required to select the exact topics listed, you should select something closely related. Try to select a topic that reflects an issue that is related to a concern you have in your professional life. If your topic is not on the list, contact your instructor for approval.
With the exception of the introduction, you must use the headings that are explained below and the information must be presented in that same order.
Provide a short introduction to the topic. Provide some background about the topic selected and why it was selected. Include definitions as necessary. Use more than one paragraph, if needed.
Note: Do not use the term Introduction for the heading, as APA does not use that term. See APA materials in the Library Research Guide.
Locate two scholarly articles related to your topic. Summarize the articles in your own words and explain how each is related to your topic. Do not use court cases in this section. You must use scholarly articles from the South University Online Library. Legal journals may provide some of the best sources of information.
Laws and Regulations
Research and analyze one law or regulation related to the topic you selected. The information may require research of federal and/or state laws, as well as administrative agency laws. Summarize the information about the law or regulation you found and explain how it applies to your topic.
Locate one published case (lawsuit) that is related to the topic you selected. Summarize the case in your own words and explain how it is related to your topic. Provide a summary that includes the name of the case, state or federal court, issue, summary of events and ruling. Explain whether you agree or disagree with the court’s decision. The following sources may also be helpful. You must read the case and not a summary of the case from a blog or other article.
FindLaw – Caselaw.findlaw.com
Public Library of Law
Google Scholar Video for Finding Cases
- Summarize what you have learned. Assess and communicate what you believe the future holds as it relates to your topic.
- If applicable, discuss how you might apply what your learned to your personal or professional life.
- Write a 5 to 7 page paper about the topic using the guidelines provided. The cover page and reference page do not count as pages.
- Use APA format for the paper. Review the APA materials located in the Library Research Guide.