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Starting a Law Practice

Description of Practitioner Sets

American Jurisprudence Proof of Facts – (Westlaw only) Proof of Facts articles, authored by attorneys and experts, identify the essential facts and how to prove them in a variety of civil litigation and criminal defense actions.

American Jurisprudence Trials - (Westlaw only) American Jurisprudence Trials, authored by a virtual Who's Who of the American trial bar, is the most comprehensive lawyer-to-lawyer guide to winning settlements and trials on the market today. 

Bender’s Forms of Discovery Interrogatories, Volumes 1-10A - (Lexis only) provides sample interrogatories for more than 200 categories.  It is an exhaustive compilation of interrogatories designed to enable lawyers to elicit from adverse parties such information as may be essential to adequate preparation for trial.

Bender's Forms of Discovery Treatise, Volumes 11-17 - (Lexis only) provides samples for each form of discovery, as well as considerations and resources for each.

Causes of Action(Westlaw only) Causes of Action contains nearly 500 articles on a wide range of causes of action across a broad spectrum of business, commercial, personal injury, insurance, real property, land use, and other topics.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) materials – Practice oriented.  Published in connection with classes that attorneys attend to learn more about a certain topic or practice area.  Usually very jurisdiction specific. 

Desk books, practice guides and practitioner series- practice and procedure.

Jury Instructions- pattern, standard, model civil and criminal jury instructions (state and federal). helpful in enumerating the elements of a claim.

Legal Litigation forms - Forms to file in court (templates).

Practising Law Institute (PLI) – (spelled with an ‘s’)   a non-profit continuing legal education organization.  Publishes many practitioners’ guides useful to attorneys.  Click on the link to conduct a search for PLI materials owned by the Law Library.  Some titles are also available on Bloomberg Law

Transactional forms – Forms attorneys create for their clients.  Corporate and business forms, contracts & leases, estate planning forms, property transactions, law office management forms, etc. 


Web Resources- Forms, etc.



Always check the court's or Clerk of Court website for sample court forms.  Many courts post templates on their websites.

Ohio Trial Courts  

Ohio Courts of Appeals

Ohio Supreme Court

Court Forms



Bloomberg Law

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