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Writing & Research in the Disciplines: Law

Brief descriptions of the thinking and writing used by individual disciplines; recommended library databases


While Law is  part of the Social Sciences and hangs a lot of importance on the same values of the Social Sciences, there are expectations that must be considered when writing for the legal field. Here is what readers in these fields are looking for

  • Accurate--make sure your facts are correct
  • Brief or "spare"--no extraneous details
  • Clear and precise--use simple, common words and avoid "legalese,"  but be precise in your use of standard legal terminology
  • Honest

Law also has its own specialized citation system, called The Bluebook.


Legal Writing Guides

Research sources

Some writing about legal issues including a few law review journals are included in:

In addition, Walker Library provides access to:

Links to research guides

Below are links to research guides created here at Walker Library either for a specific discipline or program or for a specific assignment. 

They will give you a little deeper understanding of what instructors might require.

Library Catalog

Search beyond MTSU: WorldCat

Books about Legal Writing

Use the search box above to locate more books.