Most legal research papers are of argumentative nature. And proving an argument means convincing your audience of what you are talking about. In order to be able to accomplish the task of persuading your audience to agree with you, there are certain things you should be careful about. This includes the research paper structure and the quality of your presentation. Every part of your law research paper structure should reflect your knowledge of the topic and grasp of the case you are discussing.
• The introduction: The first paragraph of the research paper which is a short one. Gives the audience an idea about the forthcoming discussion. The topic of discussion will be introduced with necessary background information. The research methodology will be discussed briefly. Even though expected to be short and precise, it should be informative enough about the legal issue addressed. The introductory paragraph will end with the thesis statement.
• The thesis statement: The last sentence of the introduction. The most powerful sentence of your research paper. It will state your theory on the legal issue you have researched on. The thesis is the focal point of your research paper as well as the base of your research. The success of your research paper depends on how effectively your thesis statement has been projected and proved. It cannot stretch beyond one sentence. Hence, it should be framed with the most carefully chosen words. There is no space for unnecessary words or phrases in a thesis statement. A clear-cut, crisp, straight forward statement which addresses your theory on the legal issue is the requirement for the thesis statement of your law research paper. Do not talk about anything else, neither the methodology nor the sources, in the thesis statement.
• The body paragraphs: The thesis statement will be built into an established fact through your arguments in the body paragraphs of your law research paper. Hence can be called the platform to spread out the points you have collected. You will argue your thesis, present the evidence and draw the question to the conclusion in the body paragraphs. The first body paragraph should be connected to the introduction and thereafter, all the rest of the paragraphs should move smoothly from one to another. One paragraph should ideally discuss only one or, a maximum of, two points.
• The conclusion: A paragraph as short as the introduction. It should seal the topic in favor of your theory, with confidence and authority. The thesis should be stated again in the conclusion. But do not use the same sentence as used in the introduction. While stating the thesis in the conclusion, support it with the most prominent points of your law research paper. Ideally a conclusion should summarize all the main points but considering that legal arguments have too many points, it may not be possible.
Law research papers can be handled well if you are focused enough. Do not expect it to be easy as it is not meant to be. But by putting in enough effort you can manage outstanding research papers.