General Litigation and Trial Practice Materials

See also Law Library Research Guide: Forms and Drafting Resources 

Listed below are some examples of the Law Library's titles on litigation. For others use please search the GMU Library Catalog.

Court Rules and Jury Instructions

Virginia Litigation and CLE (Continuing Legal Education)

See also Law Library Research Guide: Virginia Legal Materials.

  • Civil Discovery, by Jeffery Kinsler part of the Virginia Practice Series. KFV2937 .C59.
  • Virginia CLE Materials.  Virginia Section Second Floor, white binders. Course material with litigation and practice information and forms on a variety of topics
  • Virginia Court Rules, Code of Virginia Vol. 11 and Virginia Rules Annotated First Floor Range 121 and Virginia Second Floor.
  • Virginia Model Jury Instructions. KFV 2983 .A65 M5. Reserve First Floor and Virginia Second Floor. 
  • Virginia Supreme Court Records and Briefs are available from 1978 to current in the Law Library and law library Archive. 
    • HeinOnline maintains a digital collection that spans from 1850 (Va. 48) to 2009 (Va. 278), organized by case citation in the Virginia Reports.

Legal Databases

  • Bloomberg Law: Litigation and Dockets>
    • Litigation>Litigation Resources>
      • Federal Rules
      • Secondary Resources
      • Practice Resources
  • LexisAdvance 
    • Search: All Content Types >
      •   Litigation/Drafting Tools >  Jury Instructions
      •   Secondary Legal Materials
    • Browse Sources > use facets to select desired sources
  • Westlaw 
    • All Content > Secondary Sources > 
      • Jury Instructions
      • Texts & Treatises > Litigation

Appellate Advocacy

Dockets and Briefs


  • Bloomberg Law
    • Litigation & Dockets > Dockets > Search Dockets (coverage varies by jurisdiction)
  • LexisAdvance
    • Search: All Content Types > Litigation/Drafting Tools > 
      • Briefs, Pleadings, and Motions
      • Dockets
    • Browse Sources > use facets to select desired sources
  • Making of Modern Law: United States Supreme Court Records and Briefs (1832-1978)Features a fully searchable database of approximately 150,000 Supreme Court cases from the generation before the American Civil War to the decade of the Vietnam War and Watergate. Document types include Appellant's Brief, Appellee's Brief, Oral Transcript, Petition, Petition for Rehearing, Petition for Writ of Certiorari, among other sources.
    • Westlaw
      • All Content > Briefs (coverage varies)
      • All Content > Dockets (coverage varies)


    Additional Resources

    Last updated August 26, 2015