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Appellate Advocacy Research Guide: Academic Texts and Practice Guides

This guide provides links to and descriptions of the Library's best and most popular appellate advocacy resources . It includes resources on state and federal rules, brief writing, oral argument, and appellate practice before state and federal courts.

About 'Academic Texts and Practice Guides'

Much of what is written about appellate advocacy is devoted to the techniques that make appellate advocates successful.  This commentary and the examples that accompany it are most often found in organized works like academic texts and practice guides.

This page contains a list of these books and links to online sources where appropriate.  Other pages under this tab link to books on specific topics like writing style, how to draft an appellate brief, oral argument techniques, and books relating to practice in specific state and federal courts.

Academic Texts and Coursebooks

The following texts are intended to accompany appellate advocacy courses offered in law school or continuing legal education courses.  They cover all aspects of appellate practice and are often excellent resources for examples.  The books are listed in alphabetical order.

Practitioner Guides and Treatises

This section includes books that are more focused on procedural aspects than academic texts.  This section covers both state and federal practice.  Illinois and  and 7th Circuit practice guides are covered separately HERE.

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