To the 2011 Law
class at Brooklyn Law School. Welcome!
Here is a link to a
sample outline and some writing tips for your paper.
you are having trouble with research make sure you check the
links page. There are lots of useful sites. Please also note the
Reading List Tab. This is a continuing project to list books in
Prof. Wallach's personal collection which are available to
students for research. Many of the tabs are up to date.
Others will follow.
Please remember, all final papers
are due by noon on the FIRST day of exams. See, further
This is a paper only course. No exams are given. Students should
choose a topic by 27 January, submit at least one outline
on or before 17 February and at least one rough draft on
or before 7 April. You may, however, submit as many drafts as you
This is a
law of war course, so try to avoid topics which are purely
outside that ambit. If you submit a poly sci, philosophy or U.S.
topic, or one more suited to another course, I will try to guide
you to a more suitable focus. That said, there is a lot of
latitude within the subject including historical analysis and
narrow examinations of law of war issues within a broader
version is due on or before noon on the first day of
exams, and must be on time. If a paper is
late it will be dropped by one full grade for each day it is
late. That is, 1 full grade for the first 24 hours, one full
grade for the next etc. A paper may be submitted by e-mail in
draft or final, BUT, the student is responsible for assuring
that I receive it in a form which will open with proper
formatting. I will respond promptly to any query if you are concerned
about timely receipt.
footnotes rather than endnotes, and please number pages,
especially in drafts, as I will key my comments to page numbers.
an "A" papers are available.
Participation and Grading
should be read.
that when I ask you about the reading assignments it is obvious
you have thought about them, including the questions which are
contained within each chapter.
Consistently inadequate participation will lower
your grade by a third of a grade.
participation including additional
reading or other knowledge which adds to the class may
raise your grade by a third of a grade. Thus, an A paper by an
outstanding participant may receive an A+.
papers: I do not grade on a straight curve. The standard is
subjective but in general an adequate paper with some
defects will bring a
"C+" or "B-", an adequate paper with no
defects will bring in
a "B" or "B+" a paper with original concepts
and research but some defects "B+" or "A-", a publishable quality paper
"A". As a rule, I do not give Ds but I have on very
rare occasions. The only F’s are for not turning in
your paper at all, or for dishonesty i.e. plagiarism, or making up or
altering facts or law.
factors considered include:
and spelling... I expect it; you get points off for not having it;
in facts and research;
to authorities...consistency matters;
and completeness of research;
of conception; and
be advised that I will point out (but not correct) all defects I find in
any rough drafts, and expect and am happy to work closely with authors to produce a
publishable quality paper.
the Links Page. It contains a number of links to military/legal
sites. In the course of writing your paper you must
contact at least one such site with a relevant written inquiry,
obtain a substantive response, and incorporate it in your paper,
or contact and interview an original source.
If at first you don't succeed, let me know. I will help...
chapter contains questions and problems. You are expected to have
reviewed those items and thought about them before class, as
each chapter is assigned.
available in my chambers at the U.S. Court of International Trade
most afternoons. Please call my secretary, Linda Sue Sloane
(Phone 212 264-2237) between 9 am and Noon (Mon.-Thurs.) to make an appointment. I will also be
glad to speak to any student before or after class. I make it a
point to be in the cafeteria well before class begins.
encourage you to use the law library in your research. I have
asked Jean Davis, the international law librarian to assist you in that work.
She is extremely skilled and will help you if you ask.
the nature of the class (seminar), students will be permitted a
maximum of two unexcused absences. If you have any problem
requiring an excused absence, please inform me in advance if
possible. E-mail is fine. (I will give you an e-mail
address in class. Please do not use the BLS e-mail system to
contact me.) I will take your word that a
problem requires an absence. You are going to be lawyers; your
word is your bond.