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Advanced Legal Research: Researching Secondary Sources & Practice Tools

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


Let’s talk about things that are not treatises, specifically form books and practice guides. There are two types of legal practice:

  1) Transactional practice or out of court practice; and

  2) Trial Practice

Trial Practice materials involve things used in the actual litigation.  Examples of these would be complaints, answers, motions, etc.

One thing to keep in mind any time you are looking to use a form is that you don’t want to just take a form off the shelf and use it.  You’re going to need to change and adapt it to your jurisdiction and circumstances.

Selected Practice Form Books

Form books 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.

Selected Practice Sets on Rules

Lexis Litigation Profile Suite

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

Lexis Litigation Profile Suite Demo (YouTube)

Lexis Litigation Profile Suite Brochure and User Tips (PDF)

Expert Witness Searching on Lexis Advance (PDF)

From the Lexis Advance search screen, select “Litigation Profile Suite” from the red "Research" drop-down menu in the upper left corner. The Expert Witness profiles provide information about an expert witness’s current contact information, current position, education, past case involvement, and more. Attorney profiles provide information on an attorney’s prior experience with similar lawsuits, areas of expertise, past verdicts and more. The Judge Profile draws upon courtroom records, news, and other resources to give you an understanding of their past ruling tendencies and experience in a particular area of law.

Lexis Advance Practice Sets & Forms

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

Be sure and also look by subject.

Westlaw Practice Sets and Forms

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

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