Practice Guides

"Practice guides" are related to treatises. They might even be considered a type of treatise, but are more geared to helping practitioners handle certain tasks. While a treatise might describe the elements of a legal claim, a practice guide might assist in drafting a complaint based on that claim or drafting a contract that avoids raising that claim. Some practice guides are one-stop-shopping materials that describe legal principles and go on to provide checklists or forms. In the case of loose-leaf services, you can often find statutes, regulations, cases, and practice pointers in one place. This guide includes a number of related practitioner materials, including treatises, continuing legal education materials, form books, and loose-leaf services.

Illinois Practice Guides

    General

  • IICLEs: Illinois Instute. for Continuing Legal Education. S,IL and Reserve (call numbers vary)

    Available on campus at: IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus

    Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community, select the following location in the directory:

    All Databases > U.S. State Materials > Illinois > Forms, Treatises, CLEs and Other Practice Material.

    LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community, select the following location in the directory:

    Legal > States Legal - U.S. > Illinois > Treatises & Analytical Materials.

    • Encyclopedias of Illinois Law:
      • Illinois Law and Practice : Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community IL-LP (In print: S,IL KFI 1265 .I4)
      • Illinois Jurisprudence : LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community ILJUR (In print: S,IL KFI 1265 . I44 1992)
    • General Practice Guides:
      • Hartman & Friedland, Ill. Lawyer's Manual : Reserve KFI 1280.B43
      • Starting Points: The Fundamentals of Practice in Illinois : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1280 .S73 2005)
      • Attorneys' Legal Liability : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1276.5 .A2A88 2002)
      • Practice Primer for New Attorneys (last update 1999) : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus
  • Litigation

    • Civil Procedure and Discovery:
      • Parness, Illinois Civil Procedure : LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community ILCP (In print: S,IL KFI 1730 .P37 2003)
      • Nichol's Ill. Civil Practice With Forms : Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community NICHOLS-ILCP (In print: Reference KFI 1730.N5)
      • Civil Practice:
      • Civil Discovery Practice (Illinois) : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1737 .I4 2003)
    • Trial:
      • Hunter, Trial Handbook for Illinois Lawyers : S,IL KFI 1738.Z9H8 1997
      • Howerton, Illinois Civil Trial Guide : LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community ILCVTG
      • Chicago Lawyer Courts Handbook : Reserve KFI 1724.C5C5
      • Civil Practice:
      • Steigmann, Illinois Evidence Manual : Reserve KFI 1740.S74 2006
      • Graham, et al., Ill. Evidentiary Foundations : LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community ILEVFD (MON KFI 1740 .I443 1997)
      • Cleary & Graham, Handbook of Ill. Evid. : LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community ILEVID (In print: Reserve KFI 1740 .C58 2004)
      • Steigmann, Illinois Evidence Manual : Reserve KFI 1740 .S74 2006
      • NITA, Illinois Rules of Evidence With Objections : LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community ILEVOB
      • Civil Trial Evidence : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1740 .I44 2004)
    • Appeal:
      • Civil Appellate Practice: State and Federal : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1755 .E28 2005)
    • Particular actions, remedies, and forums:
      • Alternative Dispute Resolution : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1760.3 .A94 2001)
      • Business and Commercial Litigation : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1352 .B86 2007)
      • Estate, Business, and Non-Personal Injury Actions : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1280 .I43 2002)
      • Tort Actions : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1395 .I45 2002)
      • Chancery and Special Remedies : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1731 .C52 2004)
      • Class Actions : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KF 8896 .C543 2007)
      • Construction Litigation : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1475 .C66 2006)
      • Liens Upon Illinois Tort Actions : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1376 .L5V47 2007)
      • Mechanics' Liens In Illinois : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1355.5 .M43 2007)
      • Medical Malpractice (last update 2006); includes Medical Evidence : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1396.2 .M43 2006)
      • Illinois Product Liability Practice : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1397.7 .I44 2006)
      • Proving and Disproving Damages in Personal Injury : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1739 .P4P76 2006)
      • Proving Fault in Auto Accident Cases : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1739 .T7P76 2001)
      • Suing and Defending Professionals (last update 2001) : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1396.2 .S85 1997)
      • Third-Party Practice : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1736.6 .J6T45 2000)
      • Illinois Workers' Compensation Practice : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1542 .I44 2004)
      • Wrongful Death and Survival Actions in Illinois : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1739 .D43W76 2000)

    Criminal Law

    • Crimes, Procedure, and Motion Practice:
      • Decker, Illinois Criminal Law: A Survey of Crimes & Defenses : LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community ILCRIM (In print: S,IL KFI 1761 .D43 2006)
      • Defending Illinois Criminal Cases : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1775 .D44 2003)
      • Ruebner, Illinois Criminal Procedure : LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community ILCRP (In print: S,IL KFI 1775 .I44 2004)
      • Kling, Illinois Criminal Defense Motions : LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community ILCRDM (In print: Reserve KFI 1778 .A65K58 1995)
      • Motions for Criminal Cases (last update 1997) : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus
    • Trial Practice, Evidence, and Sentencing:
      • Hunter, Trial Handbook for Lawyers (crim.) : Reserve KFI 1779.Z9H86 2002
      • Hunter, Trial Handbook for Illinois Lawyers: Homicide : MON KFI 1739 .D43H86 2002
      • Ruebner, Illinois Criminal Trial Evidence : S,IL KFI 1780 .R84 1992
      • Hunter, Trial Handbook for Illinois Lawyers: Criminal Sentencing : S, IL KFI 1783.2 .Z9H86 2004
    • Particular Crimes and Cases:
      • Defending DUI and Related Cases : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus
      • Juvenile Law and Practice : S,IL KFI 1795 .I4 2001

    Family Law, Gardianship, Elder Law

    • Family Law in General:
      • Armstrong & Armstrong, Illinois Family Practice and Procedure : S,IL KFI 1294.I45
      • Davis, Illinois Practice of Family Law : Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community ILPRAC-FAM
    • Marriage and Divorce:
    • Adoption, Guardianship, and Elder Law:
      • Adoption Law : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1304.5 .I45 2006)
      • Advising Elderly Clients and Their Families : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1291 .A3A38 2006)
      • Guardianship for Disabled Adults, Advance Directives, and Mental Health Law : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1306 .G83 2004)
      • Issues in Long-Term Care : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1563 .N8I88 2002)

    Consumer Law, Torts, Government

    • Consumer Law:
      • Consumer Protection Law (Illinois) : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: Reserve KFI 1430 .H34 2005)
    • Torts:
      • Polelle, Illinois Tort Law : LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community ILTORT (In print: Reserve KFI 1395 .P653)
      • McGann, et al., Ill. Pract. Guide: Personal Injury : S,IL KFI 1739 .P4C762
      • Illinois Dramshop Act Practice : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1576 .D7I44 2006)
    • Government and Education Law:

    Estate Planning, Probate, Trusts

    • Estate and Trust Planning and Administration:
      • Hunter, Estate Planning and Administration in Illinois : Reserve KFI 1340 .H8 1997
      • Abendroth, Illinois Estate Planning, Will Drafting, and Estate Administration Forms : LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community ILLEST (In print: Reserve KFI 1340 .A65A33 1999)
      • Midwest Transaction Guide : LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community MWESTA
      • Illinois Estate Administration : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1347 .I5 2003)
      • Estate Planning for Ill. Attorneys: The Basics and Beyond : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1340 .E88 2005)
      • Estate Planning Forms and Commentary : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1340 .A65I45 2005)
      • Revocable Grantor Trusts in Illinois : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1339 .L57D76 2003)
      • Trust Administration : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus
      • Land Trust Administration : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1339 .L3E3 1999)
    • Probate and Litigation:
      • McElroy, Horner Probate Practice and Estates : Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community HORNER-PPE (In print: S,IL KFI 1342 .H6 1940)
      • Estate, Trust, and Guardianship Litigation : IICLE SmartBooks Must be used while on the NU campus (In print: S,IL KFI 1344.5 .C65E88 2002)

    Corporate and Commercial

    • In General:
      • Midwest Transaction Guide : LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community MWTRAN
    • Business Organizations:
    • Corporate and Commercial, Particular Industries and Topics:
      • Closely Held Corporations (last update 1999)
      • Limited Liability Companies and S Corporations (last update 2000)
      • Not-for-Profit Corporations
      • Organizing and Advising Illinois Businesses (last update 2002)
      • Partnership Practice (last update 2001)
      • Advising Illinois Financial Institutions
      • Illinois Law and Agribusiness
      • Business, Law, and the Internet
      • Commercial and Professional Liability Insurance
      • Creditors' Rights in Illinois
      • Secured Transactions
      • Illinois State and Local Taxation

    Real Estate, Land Use, Environment

    • In General:
    • Real Estate and Land Use Transactions:
      • Geselbracht, Illinois Zoning, Eminent Domain & Land Use
      • Basic Real Estate Practice (last update 1998)
      • Commercial Landlord-Tenant Practice
      • Commercial Real Estate
      • Condominium Law
      • Construction Law in Illinois
      • Deeds in Lieu of Foreclosure
      • Land Trust Administration
      • Real Estate Taxation
      • Representing Residential Tenants (last update 2000)
      • Residential and Commercial Surveys in Illinois
      • Residential Real Estate
      • Attorney's Guide to Title Insurance
      • Ward on Title Examinations
    • Real Estate Liability, Litigation, and Insurance:
      • Geselbracht, Illinois Zoning, Eminent Domain and Land Use
      • Illinois Eminent Domain Practice
      • Mortgage Foreclosure Practice
      • Premises Liability (last update 2002)
      • Property Insurance (last update 1998)
      • Real Estate Litigation
    • Environmental Law:
      • Environmental Law for Transactional Attorneys
      • Environmental Law in Illinois

    Labor and Employment

    • Sautter, Employment in Illinois: A Guide to Employment Laws, Regulations, and Practices
    • Conducting the Employment Practices Audit
    • Employment Termination
    • Labor and Employment Issues in Transactions, Business Restructuring, and Workforce Reductions
    • Labor Law Handbook
    • Employment Discrimination

Forms

Warning: Use forms with care. A form can be a helpful tool to help you craft language for a document or question script, it can help you outline your ideas, and it can help you ensure that you have not omitted any important issues. However, unless a particular form is mandated by law, it should be considered simply a tool. You will want to consider a number of issues in your use of a form, including the qualifications of its creator, whether it is specific to your jurisdiction and tribunal, when it was created, how well it accounts for your particular facts, whether it is well-written, and whether it truly does a good job of incorporating the relevant legal standards at issue in your case. We strongly advise you to use forms with great care, to independently research your issues, and to consult with supervising lawyers if you have any doubts about the reliability of a form.

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