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Advanced Legal Research: Researching Secondary Sources & Practice Tools

This guide will help you research in secondary sources and practice tools.

Overview

Before juries begin their deliberations the judge instructs them on the applicable law.  Often attorneys have the opportunity to submit proposed instructions to the judge in advance, tailoring these instructions to the pleadings and evidence in the particular case.  It is at the judge's discretion whether to use, adapt, or dismiss these instructions.  They are often very important to the outcome of the jury’s deliberations.  You will often find jury instructions referred to as pattern or non-pattern jury instructions.  Sometimes jury instructions are specifically endorsed by the courts.

Jury verdicts are mostly aimed at tort & personal injury lawsuits.  They provide detailed profiles of litigants, accidents, injuries.  They are used for guidance in requesting damages.  They are usually expensive and none are comprehensive.  Generally, there is not a lot of overlap in the various services.

Lexis Advance Verdict & Settlement Analyzer

NOTE: These resources are only available to UC Law students and faculty.

From the Lexis Advance search screen, select “Verdict & Settlement Analyzer” from the red "Research" drop-down menu in the upper left corner.

Verdict & Settlement Analyzer examines the outcomes of cases similar to yours and summarizes the results in a series of graphs and charts, which can then be examined more closely for specific verdict information, such as the case topic, specific results, and key players.

Lexis Advance Tutorial on Using the Jury Verdict & Settlement Analyzer (Video)

Lexis Verict & Settlement Analyzer (PDF)

Federal Jury Instructions

Books with jury instructions can be found in UCLID by title or keyword searches or by doing a subject search..

Clicking on a link below will do a subject search on UCLID with that subject heading.

Jury Instructions -- United States

Bloomberg Law:  Federal Jury Instructions


Jury Verdicts & Settlements

When looking for jury verdicts online, look either by jurisdiction or topic.  Remember to use segments and fields. 

NOTE: These resources are only available to UC Law students and faculty.

Westlaw:

Lexis Advance:

  • Browse Sources > Content Type > Select Jury Verdicts and Settlements

Ohio Jury Instructions

Ohio Jury Instructions are published in conjunction with the Ohio Jury Instructions Committee of the Ohio Judicial Conference.

Books with jury instructions can be found in UCLID by title or keyword searches or by doing a subject search..

Clicking on a link below will do a subject search on UCLID with that subject heading.

Jury Instructions -- Ohio

Note: The following resources are only available to UC Law students, faculty, and staff

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