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Legal Treatises by Subject

A guide to U.S. legal treatises held by Tarlton and their locations in the library.


This guide is designed to help you find legal treatises1 and hornbooks2 in over 40 subject areas of U.S. law. Each subject guide directs you to selected treatises and hornbooks on that topic, in print as well as online through subscription databases such as Lexis or Westlaw. The description for an item generally includes the item's title, author(s), edition, and links to the library's catalog TALLONS, or in some cases, to an electronic database. The TALLONS item record will show you the location of the item in the Tarlton Law Library as well as its availability. 

Please note that this guide is not exhaustive. To assist you in finding additional resources on your topic, each subject guide includes call number ranges for browsing the stacks and links to TALLONS for searches by subject.

For help finding treatises for Texas law, see the library's research guide to "Finding Texas Law in the Tarlton Law Library: Practice Guides & Formbooks."

1 Treatises generally provide in-depth coverage of a single area of law.  They can be single volume or multivolume and are typically written by legal experts.  They contain citations to primary and secondary authorities as well as analysis and interpretation.

2  Hornbooks, also known as student treatises, are more limited in scope than treatises.  Their references are usually selective and limited to landmark cases.

Electronic Resources

Treatises that are available electronically via Lexis or Westlaw are available only to current UT Law faculty and students.  Treatises that are available through other electronic databases must either be accessed on site at the Tarlton Law Library, or current UT Law students, faculty, and staff can connect remotely using their UTEID and password.