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Rachel K

- Research Program Mentor

JD Juris Doctorate candidate


Government, Politics, Law, Legal Theory, U.S. Legal History, Social Sciences

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Oral Argument

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.

Research Paper

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!"


Completed Projects

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