Paper #3: Research Paper Proposal: Presenting your work to colleagues
This paper proposal will put forth your argument for undertaking the research topic you’ve chosen. Write a 400- to 500-word proposal—a discussion of the specific question, problem, or issue to be addressed, why it’s interesting, some of the sources you’re likely to discuss, and some of the turns the argument is likely to take. Think of this as a “pitch” of your idea for an interesting research paper on a criminal case of your choice; that is, write a research proposal that defines your topic, presents a motivating problem, and offers a working thesis statement. Follow this up with a short list of sources that you have already consulted or intend to consult.