LEGL 4500/6500 - Employment Law

Graduate Student/Honors Credit Papers

This is a mixed upper-level and graduate course. Graduate students and students receiving honors credit, as well as those undergraduates receiving graduate credit are required to submit a paper of no less than ten pages on a topic which has been approved by me beforehand. The last date for clearing your project with me is  Thursday October 21, 2004. Clearance consists of submitting to me in writing your paper topic and how you plan to handle it.  This may be in class or by e-mail.Your paper is worth 25 points. It will be graded on its relevance, originality, depth of coverage, neatness, analysis of employment law issues and adherence to rules for its submission.  Your paper is looked at separately from the rest of your classwork.  Your grade is basically based on your classwork, and your paper is simply an extra requirement for you.  It rarely, however, will change your grade for the better. The papers are due hursday December 2.

Rules for submission of graduate/honors credit papers

* Typewritten in 14 point font

* Double-spaced

* Pages numbered

* One-inch margins all around

* The paper topic must be timely

* The information must be up to date.  Keep this in mind when using the internet.

* The information must be accurate.  Again, keep this in mind when using the internet.

*  All information must be cited to the source.  This must be done both in footnote form and in endnote form.
        Footnotes are used within the text by putting a small, raised number at the point you want the note, and the footnote information at the bottom of the page.  This can be done automatically in most word processing programs.  In Word, click on "Insert," then "footnotes."  It automatically numbers them for you and keeps track of changes.  Footnote form is not important to me, as long as the footnote contains all the information I need to be able to quickly and easily go to exactly where you obtained the information and see it for myself.  If you are using books, articles, etc., include in the footnote exactly where you found it (UGA Library, floor, etc.) so I don't have to waste my time searching for every souce used by every student.  No blibiography is due.
        For the endnotes, at the end of your paper, on a new page, copy and paste the footnote information to the endnote page, making sure to keep the numbers exactly the same. Don't make the endnote page until you have finished your paper, otherwise you may make changes in the footnotes and forget to put the changes in the endnotes.
       Having both footnotes and endnotes allows me to view your cited information as I read your paper, yet have everything on one page when I get ready to check your sources, so that I don't have to keep flipping back and forth through a zillion pages.

*  All papers must not only adequately report on a topic relevant to employment law, but also include a section on suggestions and options for how the subject matter could be better handled by relevant parties.

* The paper must have a cover page, but NO folders of any kind.

* The cover page and endnote page are not counted as part of the ten-page requirement.

To give you some idea of what kinds of topics students submit papers on, I'll give you a few as an example.  I don't want to give you a lot, or specific titles, because I want you to come up with your own ideas.  Make it something you won't mind working with for the time it takes you to get the paper done.  Is there anything more boring than working on a research paper on a topic you hate?  Yuk!  Students have submitted papers on topics such as the glass ceiling as it applies to gender, gays in the military, workplace diversity policies of the top 4 accounting firms, the Native American exemption in Title VII, Title IX and female coaches, Muslim discrimination in the workplace, parental leave policies, learning disabilities in the workplace and affirmative action in the workplace.

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Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander