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Trial Advocacy Research Guide: Journals

This guide provides information about and links to the most popular and most cited sources for trial advocacy. Topics include opening/closing arguments, pre-trial procedure, trial evidence, examination of witnesses, and jury selection.

About Journals

This page contains links to and descriptions of law journals and other periodicals that may contain useful articles related to trial advocacy.  This page also contains practical tips for accessing articles using periodical indexes and databases.

Finding Trial Practice Articles

"How to" articles and articles describing best practices regarding different aspects of trial practice like 'opening statements' or 'jury selection' often prove helpful to busy practioners.  One can locate these articles by perusing relevant journals or by searching for articles using a periodical index like LegalTrac or in dedicated periodical databases.  For example, a search for full-text articles in LegalTrac on the subject of trial practice and which contain the keyword presentation produces a list of about 30 relevant articles from a variety of law journals.

  • Google Scholar Legal Opinions and Journals 
    In addition to case law, Google Scholar provides access to online versions of law reviews and other scholarly legal secondary content.  If the content is included in a Loyola database (including HeinOnline), Google Scholar will provide a link to the full-text version available through Loyola.
  • Index to Legal Periodicals & Books (Print Resource)
    A print format index, the Index to Legal Periodicals and Books, is located in the Law Library's third floor reference section at Call Number K 33 .I545.  It covers over 800 periodicals, and extends back to the 19th century, making it invaluable for historical research.
  • Legal Scholarship Network(LSN)
    Part of Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN), LSN offers a database of recently published articles and works-in-progress.  Not all works-in-progress appear in LSN, and not all articles are available in full-text; LSN is, nevertheless, a good source for recent articles.  Students, staff and faculty can aregister for SSRN using their Loyola e-mail address.
  • Lexis
    To search to law review and journal articles, from the main search box filter by category: secondary sources, and then restrict to Content: Law Reviews and Journals.
  • Westlaw
    To search to law review and journal articles, from the Westlaw Home screen choose Secondary Sources and then choose Law Reviews and Journals.


Trial Practice Journals

The following journals contain useful articles on all aspects of trial practice:

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