One option is to search for topic ideas in books and journals and subject matter services. However, make sure that your topic is not preempted and current.
Have you ever considered establishing an RSS-feed on your favorite website, news or blog site? There is a snippet on YouTube that explains in plain English what an RSS-Feed is. This is a great tool and brings the news right to your computer instead of you having to visit various web sites.
The University School of Law in Pittsburgh offers a web portal that facilitates current news awareness via a topical search.
Another great website you may consider is Split Circuits. This blog is dedicated to tracking developments concerning splits among the federal circuit court.
There are two books that offer a more extended discussion on finding a topic:
Elizabeth Fajans & Mary R. Falk, Scholarly Writing for Law Students: Seminar Papers, Law Review Notes, and Law Review Competition Papers, 4th ed. [Law Reserve KF250 .F35 2011], and
Eugene Volokh, Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, and Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review, 2nd ed. [Law Reserve KF250 .V65 2005].
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Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning