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Practice Guides Overview

Written with practitioners in mind, these sources provide procedural information as well as forms to guide the attorney. As with other secondary sources, do not cite to this material. The titles listed below include commonly used resources, treatises and form books. Titles that serve multiple purposes are listed by their primary use. This page is generally organized by publisher: Lexis, West, Jones McClure's O'Connor's Series, and the State Bar of Texas.

Lexis Titles

West Titles

Thomson West publishes various practitioner materials on Texas law. Besides the few titles listed immediately below are West's Texas Practice Series and West's Texas Practice Guides.

West's Texas Practice Guides

West's Texas Practice Guides - serve as a practical instruction and advice for Texas attorneys on practice and procedure in areas of law step-by-step analysis forms, checklists and practice tips. Contains citations to leading and most recent case law.  These Guides are located on the Second Floor and on Reserve.  There is a General Index to the Texas Practice Guides, KFT 1261 T49.

West's Texas Practice Series

West's Texas Practice Series is a set of volumes written by a variety of different authors. Each author attempts to explain the “black letter” law in Texas on his or her particular topic. For example, Professor Robert Hamilton penned the volumes on business law in Texas. Professors Goode, Wellborn, and Sharlot wrote the volumes discussing the rules of evidence in Texas.  Current edition available on Westlaw.

O'Connor's Series

Besides practice guides, O'Connor's also publishes a selected number of Texas annotated codes; O'Connor's Texas form books are noted above.

At Tarlton, the most recent two editions of O'Connor's Texas materials are on Reserve; older editions are in the closed stacks. Also available on Westlaw (login required).

State Bar of Texas Titles

Teams of attorney editors produce these materials in collaboration with volunteer committees composed of experts in various practice areas.

Form Books

Form books - provide examples of different forms for filing before a court. In addition, many practice materials include sample forms.