When conducting research in financial law, here are a few pitfalls to avoid.
- It is financial law, so your paper will ultimately be assessed on the basis of its legal content. Consider carefully whether for instance a description of current financial or economic circumstances add value to your paper.
- The paper will be marked (in my case at least) on the basis of its English law (and/or Australian law) content. Whilst an analysis of local law may be relevant to the paper's conclusions, remember to balance it against the common law content .
- A paper should be leading somewhere. It is one thing to describe the state of affairs legally, both statutory and at common law. It is quite another to follow up on this description with your analysis, leading to a substantiated conclusion.
- Get out of your comfort zone! If you are new to financial law, interview someone active in the field, and reference conclusions in your paper.
- And finally: take care of your footnotes! Reference what's not yours.