JD Juris Doctorate candidate
One of the most challenging and rewarding tasks I encountered in law school has been the oral argument. The student and I would work together to choose a topic they are interested in. Preparing for an oral argument includes research, public speaking, and persuasive skills. I encourage students to, if they are willing, argue a side they do not necessarily agree with! This is great practice in finding nuance in situations, as well as a fun introduction to preemptively considering counterarguments.
A research paper can take two forms: a Memo (objective, neutral, presenting both sides) or a Brief (persuasive, arguing one side). Both Memos and Briefs are commonly used documents in both the political and legal fields. I'd work with you to choose a topic you're interested in and apply that topic while developing your research and writing skills.
"Rachel was wonderful. She had great ideas, was incredibly knowledgeable, and very encouraging/supportive. I definitely would not have been able to complete this project without her, or even with a different mentor. I loved discussing beyond "the facts" and talking about my personal thoughts on controversial topics. I am very pleased and impressed with what we got done in approximately 10 weeks! I wish her the best!"