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. RESERVE KFV2480 .V5 v.3.
  • 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, Second Floor Range 211.
  • Virginia Model Jury Instructions--Civil and --Criminal. KFV 2983 .A65 M5. Reserve First Floor and Virginia Second Floor. Also on Lexis.
  • Virginia Supreme Court Records and Briefs are available from 1978 to 2007 in the Law Library Archives in print; and electronically at the Reference Office from 2008 to present. 
    • HeinOnline maintains a digital collection for reported cases that spans from 1850 (Va. 48) to 2015 (Va. 291), organized by case citation.

Legal Databases

  • Bloomberg Law: Litigation and Dockets>
    • Litigation>Litigation Resources>
      • Federal Rules
      • Secondary Resources
      • Practice Resources
  • LexisAdvance 
    • Use filters to select desired sources
  • Westlaw 
    • All Content > Secondary Sources > 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 February 7, 2017