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Legal practice resources at CWSL Library.
Last Updated: Sep 7, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Practice Resources
By CWSL Librarians Bill Bookheim & Ian Kipnes

Updated 2013 by Ricsie Hernandez, '14

Practice sets can be very helpful because they are designed to walk attorneys through real-life practice situations.  They generally do not seek to explain the development of the law in the fashion that a treatise might.  They do not seek to discuss the ramifications of majority-minority holdings or the development of the law as a law review article might.  Practice sets are aimed at guiding attorneys in the practical application of the law. Some, but not all, practice sets include forms.

Practice sets can be challenging to locate on any given area of law. Sometimes they are not clearly delineated as such: they do not always have the word “practice” or “manual” or “how to” in the title.  Sometimes it is best to ask an experienced practitioner, a librarian, or your professor what he/she recommends.

There are several publishers who specialize in practice sets.  These include a state’s continuing education of the bar entity, such as CEB here in California. Other publishers include Matthew Bender, and the Rutter Group.  Nolo Press publishes practice sets for non-attorneys.  An attorney unfamiliar with a particular area of the law may want to visit the publisher’s website to “thumb” through the on-line catalog in order to locate a practice set.

Remember, this guide lists selected practice sets available in this library. It concentrates on California materials, it is not meant to be all inclusive.

Note: Any edition information shown for resources is current as of this writing.  If available, links to the KIM catalog for each title are provided for more current information.  In addition, check the electronic resource (if listed) for possible later editions or updates.


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Electronic Materials

Selected Electronic Practice Resources Available at CWSL:


  • Matthew Bender materials at MATBEN;CAPG.


  • Rutter Group materials at TRG-CA
  • West/Bancroft Whitney California civil practice materials at CCP-ALL

We have many electronic resources available through the Library’s Electronic Resources Page, including the following selected comprehensive or single subject legal research sites.

Note:  Some resources in this section – marked with an asterisk below – may be available only on campus, or off campus with a CWSL network login and password.

Comprehensive Sites

Single Subject Sites


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