Treatises are works written by legal scholars that provide exhaustive coverage of a legal topic. Treatises may be a single volume, but more often they are multi-volume sets of five, ten, or even more volumes. Treatises provide description, analysis and commentary with extensive references to primary sources including cases, statutes and other authorities. Often, the name of the author is included in the title, such as Scott on Trusts or Corbin on Contracts.
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Hornbooks are legal texts written for law students by law professors. They explain the law, and are similar to traditional textbooks in other fields. Hornbooks are one-volume works that provide an overview of a legal topic and a discussion of major cases in the evolution of the legal area. Hornbooks are popular with students because they condense the law into the essentials, presenting the “black letter law.” Several publishers publish hornbooks. The West hornbooks are published in an official “hornbook series.” Aspen’s “Examples and Explanations” series and Lexis’ “Understanding the Law” legal text series, are similar to hornbooks. As a general rule, a hornbook is a basic one volume text written for law students, while a treatise is a larger work that provides more detailed coverage, analysis and citation.
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|BANKING & CONSUMER FINANCE||BANKRUPTCY||CIVIL RIGHTS||COMMERCIAL LAW||COMMUNICATIONS LAW|
|CONFLICT OF LAWS||CONSTITUTIONAL LAW||CONSTRUCTION LAW||CONSUMER FINANCE & BANKING||CONTRACTS|
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|INSURANCE||INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY||INTERNET||LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW||LAND USE & ZONING|
|LEGAL ETHICS||LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES & PARTNERSHIPS||LOCAL GOVERNMENT||MARITIME & ADMIRALTY LAW||MILITARY LAW|
|NATURAL RESOURCES & ENERGY LAW||PARTNERSHIPS AND LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES||PRODUCTS LIABILITY||PROPERTY||REMEDIES|
|SECURITIES||SPORTS||STATUTORY CONSTRUCTION||TAXATION||TRADE REGULATION & ANTITRUST LAW|
|TRANSPORTATION||TRUSTS & ESTATES||ZONING AND LAND USE|