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Legal Treatises by Subject

Use this guide to find a book on a legal topic.


Quick start: use the Guide Index to the left to find treatises on your topic.

Treatises--books on legal topics--are a good place to begin your research or find an answer to a question, and will help you save time by providing explanation, analysis, and tips on the most relevant primary sources. Treatises range from single volume overviews to extensively detailed multi-volume sets. They may come in the form of bound books updated with pocket parts or looseleafs with easily replaced pages. Some treatises are intended for law students while others are meant for practicing lawyers. 

If you need help finding a relevant treatise, this guide will provide you with some of the most useful titles in each subject. Where available, it is noted if the treatise is available on online. Please keep in mind that this availability may change without notice.

For more about using treatises, see the HLS Library guide to secondary sources.

Note: in 2016 this guide is in the process of being updated and will begin to include blurbs about and contents of the books where available. This text is taken from info provided by the publishers and does not imply any special endorsement. 

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