THE SUPREME COURT
Students will write a short research paper (15 pages or so) on
an aspect of the U.S. Supreme Court.
1. Instructions. Your paper should contain:
- a general introduction, a section containing a
research question and a statement of its importance;
- a theoretical account, a section containing a
theoretically-driven answer to your question and demonstrating
your knowledge of the existing literature;
- expectations, a section proposing specific
hypotheses you propose to test;
- measurement/data, a section explaining how you
plan to assess the hypotheses and the data sources from which
you plan to derive your assessment;
- analyses/results, a section describing your
- conclusion, a section summarizing your findings
and how they are/are not compatible with the literature, and
some suggestions for future research.
You must collect and/or compile your own data. I'll have more
to say about this in class.
- February 15 . Description of your research
- March 22. Paper outline due
- April 28. Paper due