Free Download – A CBCL Primer on Writing Research Papers and Blogs

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD – The CBCL Primer on Writing Research Papers and Blogs In this lockdown, many of us are picking up the pen (or opening new word documents, if you will) to write our hearts out, be it our critique of legal developments or even suggestions. We have all found ourselves staring at our laptop screens with hundreds of Google Chrome tabs open, wondering how to synthesize all that information accurately into concise sentences. We have realised that in drafting, following the Issue-Reasoning-Argument-Conclusion (or the IRAC method) is not always the solution! The team at CBCL recognizes how important yet tricky legal research and writing can be. So, we’ve decided to compile our experiences and knowledge to aid those who are yet to truly experience the joy of writing or those who wonder why they see frequent rejections for their papers. We present to you, our Primer on Writing Research Papers and Blogs. With this, we seek to build on our experiences of what to do and what not to do, picked up from The CBCL Blog, the commemorative NLIU Trilegal Summit Book and the newly launched NLIU Journal of Business Laws. All published by CBCL. The Primer contains much-needed step-by-step guidance on legal research and writing. It primarily deals with four aspects. First, it begins with how to choose a topic. The topic of your article is crucial in determining whether readers or reviewers will be inquisitive enough to read it. It is the foremost step in legal research and writing. The Primer guides you in choosing an appropriate topic which will attract readers and ensure a hassle-free process for you in researching and writing on the topic later. Second, the Primer explains the difference in research papers, blogs, legislative comments and case comments.  Each of these forms of publication warrants a distinct strategy in your research and writing. We, at CBCL have been publishing all four of these forms of publications, through the NLIU-Trilegal Summit commemorative book, The CBCL Blog and the NLIU Journal of Business Laws. As reviewers, we are aware of the distinct styles in structure and flow in them. The Primer guides you in understanding these differences to help you accordingly to decide your strategy. Third, the Primer helps you to understand how to develop an academic writing style. It breaks down the various parts of an article, such as the abstract, introduction, main body, suggestions, conclusion among others and explains what is expected in each of them. It helps you consolidate your research into an organized structure and give your article the much-required flow. Lastly, the Primer gives you a sneak-peek into how publishers evaluate your article. We not only tell you the criteria that decides whether or not your article will pass the review, but also give you a more in-depth understanding of them. The team at CBCL has curated this much-needed Primer, in recognizing the significance of the skills of legal research and writing. We realised that there is a gap in guidance to develop these essential skills. Therefore, our team has objectively analysed all our past publications, articles which have been rejected, our scoring criteria and what our editors look at while confirming a publication, to bring to you this comprehensive Primer. At CBCL, we have consistently taken steps to foster interest in research and writing among law students and practitioners. We hope that the Primer serves the purpose which was intended. P.S – Look out for the specific “CBCL Tips” across the document. Happy Writing!

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Ishaan Chopra of NLIU Bhopal on his experience at the 4th NLIU Trilegal Summit, 2018

(Ishaan Chopra is fourth year student at NLIU, Bhopal and can be reached at Last year, in July 2018, the Centre for Business and Commercial Laws (CBCL) announced the prizes for the 4th NLIU-Trilegal Summit on Corporate and Commercial Laws. My mind processed and captured three pieces of information from the poster put up by CBCL – a paid foreign trip, an internship at Trilegal and an Eastern Book Company (EBC) publication.  The above mentioned prizes definitely motivated me to write for the Summit but I had little idea about the intellectually enlightening journey I was about to depart on. To start with, I gauged the scope of legal issues and the themes that the Summit sought to cover. The theme for the Summit was “commercial laws” which effectively covered everything that was trending in the corporate law sector. After some preliminary readings, I delved deeper into these issues to zero down on something in my interest area. The indicative themes were insightful and guided my research into different topics.  The Summit’s wide range of themes provided by the summit gave it an edge over other similar summits and conferences which are organized in the law school circuit. One simply cannot jump into preparation for the Summit. Given the variety of themes and stiff competition for publication, brainstorming over prospective topics is a must. If one is in the Second or Third-year of law school, these readings will probably be their first exposure to a web of corporate laws that actually have widespread implications on various areas of our lives. Reading through various topics and researching on them actually helps us understand the complexities of these laws and even gauge our interest in the field. After choosing a theme, one must strategize on the structure of the paper and then begin the process of putting it into words.  None of the above is possible without setting out the objective and scope of your research. It is a sine qua non. And while you are at it, it is always a great idea to take research and drafting advice from seniors who are relatively more well versed with the developments in the field of corporate law. The Summit ensures that all the effort put into research and drafting is appreciated, and sufficiently awarded. Each research paper undergoes two stages of technical review and is further reviewed by experienced lawyers working at Trilegal. After a rigorous assessment of the papers a total of 15 papers are shortlisted for the presentation at the NLIU Bhopal campus.  The lucrative prizes bring with them intense competition among the participants. It is this level of competition and the satisfaction attached to it, that has made law students (including me) across the country strive for the opportunity to present their paper at the Summit.  I was fortunate enough to write for the Summit and get shortlisted in the top 15. The next challenge was the paper presentation. The panel for the Summit consisted of Trilegal partners, academicians and reputed in-house counsels. This is because Trilegal truly ensures the presence of excellent panelists. The very idea of speaking in front of such experienced professionals for eleven minutes, on an issue they have a practical insight into, was daunting. I started my preparation by getting the basics in place. Subsequently, I developed a structure for the presentation and read up on the current issues pertaining to the presentation. This process helped me comfortably put forth my views on an issue of commercial laws and approach it with a commercial perspective. The preparation for the presentation involved focus on advocacy skills as well. Cohesion and eloquence are key to systematically presenting a corporate law issue, which should be a prime focus for all presenters. Last year, Mr Sumeet Malik (Director, EBC) visited the NLIU Bhopal campus and inaugurated the Summit with his session on legal research for junior law students. The students were elated to be learning the basics of the simple yet crucial concept of research. His mantra to teach students not the law – but to think like a lawyer and to know where to find the law, has been extremely impactful on a personal level. This session was immensely beneficial for participants, the students of NLIU Bhopal and anyone else aiming to understand the art of research.  On the next day of the Summit, CBCL warmly welcomed the participants with hampers. I distinctly remember the first presentation that took place. The instant the presentation ended, there were series of questions that followed. Interestingly, the panelists were heavily inclined towards engaging in commercial realities of the issues raised other than the position of law itself. The audience and the participants were also keen on asking questions and the panel engaged in an interactive session with the students. This unique opportunity of interacting with reputed practitioners is another factor which makes this Summit one-of-a-kind. While the questions asked were intriguing, what grabbed my attention most was that the participants were thorough with their respective topics. The competition was tough and the panelists were all praises for the effort put in by the students. Additionally, CBCL arranged for scrumptious meals and additionally it was a great environment to network with peers from across India.  Even though my presentation was post lunch, I felt intimidated by the panel and my peers who had given excellent presentations prior to that of mine. During my presentation, the panel patiently heard my views and asked questions, which I answered on the basis of my preparation. The interaction was extremely insightful and my analysis and perspective were appreciated. The panelists relied on simplified examples to explain their practical experience to all presenters, including me. Post my presentation, I witnessed the remaining presentations of the Summit and asked questions, which were appreciated by the members of the panel and this resulted in me securing an internship with Trilegal. Having developed a keen interest in commercial laws by the end of the Summit, the internship

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