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Ius et Praxis
versión On-line ISSN 0718-0012
LOPEZ ESCARCENA, Sebastián. TO WRITE A LEGAL THESIS: RESEARCH TECHNIQUES IN LAW. Ius et Praxis [online]. 2011, vol.17, n.1, pp.231-246. ISSN 0718-0012. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-00122011000100010.
Research means to look for information to answering a question aimed at solving a problem. This activity requires a method, which can be defined as a form of saying or doing something with order. In law, it will normally be necessary to state a reasoned proposition or thesis, destined to make an original contribution. It is essential to define the object of the thesis in order to establish the accessibility and handling of the sources, both primary and secondary. Once the subject of the thesis is chosen, a tentative bibliography and table of contents should be made. The work plan includes a provisional title, which transformed in a question will guide the research. Its answer should be articulated around a central argument, following four possible models: descriptive; analytic; argumentative; and matrix patterns. Drafting an effective answer to a research question requires respecting certain rules that regulate its macro and/ or micro-structures. A fundamental aspect of this process is the satisfaction of the reader's expectations.
Palabras clave : Legal Research; Methodology; Thesis.