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1 Introduction to Secondary Resources Study Aids for First Years

2 Types of Resources Primary Resources Contain “the Law” Secondary Resources Explain “the Law”

3 Legal Dictionaries Black’s Law Dictionary Ballentine’s Law Dictionary Words and Phrases

4 Black’s Law DictionaryWords and Phrases

5 Secondary Resources Resources, other than commercial outlines, which can help you understand the law

6 Restatements of the Law Attempts to simplify case law by restating common principles on various issues Copies of the Restatements are available on Reserve and on First Floor.

7 Restatement (Second) of Torts

8 Text Comments

9 Treatises and Hornbooks A treatise is an in-depth, scholarly analysis of an area of law A hornbook is a condensed treatise geared toward law students

10 Treatise: Williston on Contracts, 4 th ed.

11 In-depth coverage of topic with exhaustive citations

12 Hornbook: Calamari and Perillo, Law of Contracts, 4 th ed.

13 Hornbooks provide the “Black Letter” law with fewer citations

14 Example: Coverage of Offer andAcceptance Treatise: Williston on Contracts, 4 th ed. (23 volumes)-- 3 chapters; 1278 pages Hornbook: Calamari and Perillo’s Law of Contracts, 4 th ed.-- 1 chapter; 94 pages

15 Finding Treatises and Hornbooks Some treatises are on Reserve Current hornbooks are on Reserve Most treatises and older hornbooks are on the First Floor—search University of Iowa Libraries Catalog on InfoHawk for call numbers

16 Law Review Articles Good for emerging areas of law, in-depth analysis of a case or a specialized legal topic Law Reviews are alphabetically-arranged on the Second Floor Search for relevant law review articles through Index to Legal Periodicals,Current Law Index (LegalTrac), or HeinOnline

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18 In depth coverage of one issue

19 Legal Encyclopedias Currently, there are two national legal encyclopedias Corpus Juris Secundum (CJS) American Jurisprudence, 2d (AmJur2d) Some states have their own legal encyclopedias

20 A MERICAN J URISPRUDENCE 2 d DAMAGES A MERICAN J URISPRUDENCE 2 d DEAD BODIES TO DECLARATORY JUDGMENTS CORPUS JURIS SECUNDUM 48 International Law – Int Liq 364 CORPUS JURIS SECUNDUM 48A Int Liq Judges CONVERSION to CORPORATIONS THIRD EDITION 15 TEXAS JUR COSTS to COVENANTS, CONDITIONS, AND RESTRICTIONS THIRD EDITION 16 TEXAS JUR

21 Legal Encyclopedias Multi-volume sets with General Indexes Arranged alphabetically by subject Use for generalized introductions to legal issues

22 Am Jur. 2d Each topic begins with a discussion of what is included in the topic and what is covered elsewhere.

23 Broad Outline Detailed Outline Next comes two outlines of the topic

24 General Discussion Cites to Authority Text of Criminal Law §1

25 Review of Secondary Resources Restatements cover general principles of law for one topic Treatises cover one topic with lots of detail Hornbooks cover one topic with a little detail Law Review Articles cover one issue with lots of detail Legal Encyclopedias cover lots of topics with very little detail

26 Introduction to InfoHawk


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