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 practice sets include forms.
Practice sets on an area of law can be challenging to locate. Some practice sets are net clearly marked as practice sets: they do not always have the word “practice” or “manual” or “how to” in the title. Sometimes it is best to ask for a recommendation from an experienced practitioner, a librarian, or your professor.
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 browse the on-line catalog to locate a practice set.
Remember, this guide lists selected practice sets available in this library. It concentrates on California materials, and 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.
By CWSL Librarians Bill Bookheim & Ian Kipnes
Updated 2013 by Ricsie Hernandez, '14
Selected Electronic Practice Resources Available at CWSL
Practice Guides on Lexis include the following:
- Matthew Bender materials at MATBEN;CAPG
After following the link, narrow to "secondary sources" and select "practice guides."
Practice Guides on Westlaw include the following:
- 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.
Single Subject Sites
May 9, 2015