1L Guide on Research, Analysis and Exam Prep

This guide is designed for first-year law students who are looking for materials to help them with their legal research and writing course (LARAW), and basic legal analysis. There is also a section on preparing for exams.

Legal Citation

Generally, students are asked to follow the manner of citation as set forth in the Harvard Law Review Association, Uniform system of citation (known as the HARVARD BLUE BOOK) now in its 19th edition.
KF 245 U5 2010

Students should also be aware of the California style manual, 4th edition, which is the citation manual required for California courts
KFC 75 F67 2000; it is also available on Westlaw Classic – (database=CASTYLE)

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation [electronic resource]is keyed to both the ALWD citation manual and the latest edition of the Bluebook. Most legal research books have a table of citation abbreviations that the student might find useful, e.g. Price, Bitner and Bysiewicz, Effective legal research; Jacobstein and Mersky, Fundamentals of legal research.

For more information see our research guide, How to Read a Legal Citation.

Barris, Linda J. Understanding and Mastering the Bluebook : a Guide for Students and Practitioners. (Carolina Academic Press, 2007)
KF245 B37 2007

Dworsky, Alan L. User's Guide to the Bluebook. Rev. 
KF245 D853 2010

Heinrich-Wells, Susan. Title Using the California Style Manual and the Bluebook : a Practitioner's Guide. (West Group, 2000)
KFC75 H45 2000

Interactive citation workbook. Annual eds. (Lexis Publishing, 2000-)
KF245 M392

Prince, Mary Miles. Prince's Dictionary of Legal Citations : a Reference Guide for Attorneys, Legal Secretaries, Paralegals, and Law Students. 7th ed. (W. S. Hein, 2006).
KF245 P74 2011

Teply, Larry L. Legal writing citation in a nutshell. (Thomson/West, 2008)
KF245 T47 2008

Legal Writing

Bahrych, Lynn & Marjorie Dick Rombauer. Legal Writing in a Nutshell. 3rd ed. (Thomson/West, 2003)
KF250 S68 2003

Barkan, Steven M., Roy M. Mersky & Donald J. Dunn. Fundamentals of Legal Research. 9th ed. (Foundation Press, 2009)
KF240 J3 2009  Open Reserve

Charrow, Veda & Erhardt, Myra K. & Charrow, Robert P.  Clear and effective legal writing.  3rd ed.  2001
KF250 C42 2001

Clary, Bradley G. & Lysaght, Pamela.  Successful legal analysis and writing: the fundamentals.  2nd.  2006
KF250 C553 2006

Cohen, Morris L. & Olson, Kent C.  Legal research in a nutshell.  9th ed.  2003
KF240 C54 2007 

Dernbach, John C., et al. Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method. 2nd ed. (F. B. Rothman, 1994)
KF250 P72 1994

Fajans, Elizabeth & Shapo, Helene S.  Writing for law practice.  2004
KF250 F352 2004

Fischer, Judith D. Pleasing the Court: Writing Ethical and Effective Briefs.  2nd ed. (Carolina Academic Press, 2011) 
KF250 F53 2011  Open Reserve

Garner, Bryan A.  Legal writing in plain English: a text with exercises.  2001
KF250 G373 2001  Open Reserve

Garner, Bryan A., Jeff Newman & Tiger Jackson. The Redbook : a Manual on Legal Style. 2nd ed. (Thomson/West, 2006)
KF250 R73 2006  Open Reserve

Guberman, Ross.  Point made : how to write like the nation's top advocates. (Oxford University Press, c2011) KF251 .G83 2011

Kunz, Christina L., et al. The Process of Legal Research. 7th ed. (Aspen Publishers, 2008)
KF240 P76 2008

Murrary, Michael D. & Christy Hallam DeSanctis. Legal Research Methods. (Foundation Press, 2009)
KF240 M872 2009  Open Reserve

Neascu, Dana. Introduction to U.S. Law and Legal Research. (Transnational Publishers, 2005)
KF240 N42 2005  Open Reserve

Olson, Kent C. Principles of Legal Research. (West, 2009)
KF240 O375 2009  Open Reserve

Ramsfield, Jill J. Culture to Culture : a Guide to U.S. Legal Writing. (Carolina Academic Press, 2005) Intended primarily for LL.M. students with non-U.S. law degrees
KF250 R354 2005  Open Reserve

Ray, Mary Barnard & Jill J. Ramsfield. Legal Writing : Getting It Right and Getting It Written. 4th ed. (Thomson/West, 2005)
KF250 R39 2005

Shapo, Helene S. & Walter, Marilyn R. & Fajans, Elizabeth.  Writing and analysis in the law.  4th ed.  1999
KF250 S5 1999

Wydick, Richard C. Plain English for Lawyers. 5th ed. (Carolina Academic Press, 2005)
KF250 W9 2005  Open Reserve

Heafey Law Library Research Team