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In a college legal studies course, and in some law school courses, you may be required to write a research paper addressing a legal topic.
These essays can be tricky, because the law is constantly evolving.
To secure a top grade, your essay must be well-researched and coherently argued.
This means that it's best if you have a general interest in your subject, otherwise you might get bored or frustrated while trying to gather information. Part of what makes this experience rewarding is learning something new.
The subject you choose may not necessarily be one that you are in full agreement with, either.
Did the topic give you something new to think about? A number of these topics are rather controversial and that's the point.
In an argumentative essay, opinions matter and controversy is based on opinions, which are, hopefully, backed up by facts.
Use your SOP to demonstrate your skills (and past experience) in your field, as well as to define the next steps you intend to take.
Focusing your interests will also involve more detailed research about the programs you plan on applying to.