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Legal Writing Guide: Getting Started

About This Guide

This guide provides links to and descriptions of selected resources relevant to learning about and mastering legal writing.  It also includes resources of interest to those who teach legal writing.

Only a handful of legal writing texts are available online. Books that are available online are listed both on the 'Books' page and on the Online Resources' page. Access to some of the electronic resources is limited to users who have a valid Loyola ID and password.  Access to other resources is restricted to the Law School community only.

Books Recommended by Loyola Legal Writing Professors

The following books in the Law Library's collection have been recommended by legal writing professors at Loyola's School of Law.  Certain professors may require the use of editions other than those owned by the Law Library and listed here.  Always pay attention to the edition references in any assignments that you receive from your professors!

These books fall into three groups, in order:

  • style and usage guides
  • textbooks and supplements
  • appellate advocacy texts

There is a complete list of all style and usage guides located under the 'books'.  Those books that are available electronically are also listed under the 'databases' tab. These books are listed in alphabetical order

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Patricia Scott
Director, Law Library & Clinical Professor of Law

Philip H. Corboy Law Center

25 E. Pearson St.

Chicago, IL 60611

(312) 915-8515