Professor Michael Botein
This course covers the basics of publishing an academic journal, in this case the Law School's Media Law & Policy (MLP) journal. (For examples of past MLP issue, please visit the archives at www.nyls.edu\broadband.) The class begins by reviewing principles of citation form, particularly in administrative and international practice, since these are not covered in first year courses. It then focuses on methods of effective writing, such as traditional syntax and grammar, as well as principles of forceful, concise, and elegant writing. After this introduction, the class examines methods of structuring and running a journal--such as scheduling, acquisition of articles, and dealing with authors. Guest lecturers from leading legal magazines and newspapers explain the operation and economics of their publications.
This is a pass/fail course. Accountability consists of
producing a publishable--not published--piece for MLP. Students circulate
their work in progress among other members of the class every other week
during the semester for comments and suggestions. The class is required
for all members of MLP members, but is open upon a suitable showing to all
other upper class NYLS students. (Contact Michael Botein, 212/431-2161;