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Legal Research Basics for Summer Clerkships: State-Specific Resources

Frequently Used Nebraska Secondary Resources

No matter what jurisdiction you practice in it is important to investigate state specific secondary resources unique to that jurisdiction. Keep in mind secondary sources include treatises, journals, books, formbooks, bar association publications, and legal encyclopedias. How do you find them? Ask a friendly law librarian; explore online catalogs from law libraries; check publisher websites; and investigate online databases (Westlaw Edge, Lexis+, Bloomberg Law, and PLI Plus are all useful in this regards as each organizes resources by jurisdiction).

In Nebraska, some frequently used, state specific secondary sources include:

  • Labor and Employment in Nebraska: A Guide to Employment Laws, Regulations, and Practices - print at circulation desk; Lexis+
  • Nebraska Practices Series:
    • Juvenile Court Law and Practice - print at circulation desk; ebook via ProView
    • Nebraska Appellate Practice and Procedure - print at circulation desk; ebook via ProvView
    • Nebraska Court Rules and Procedure (Federal) - print at circulation desk; ebook via ProView
    • Nebraska Court Rules and Procedure (State) - print at circulation desk; ebook via ProView
    • Nebraska Jury Instructions - print at circulation desk
    • Nebraska Trials - print at circulation desk; ebook via ProView
  • Nebraska State Bar Association materials - PLEASE NOTE PDF VERSIONS SHOULD NOT BE DOWNLOADED AND DISTRIBUTED:
    • 2017 Nebraska Real Estate Practice Manual - print at circulation desk; PDF version in Canvas, College of Law Resources, Library section
    • Family Law Practice Manual - print at circulation desk; PDF version in Canvas, College of Law Resources, Library section
    • Nebraska Appellate Practice Handbook - print at circulation desk; PDF version in Canvas, College of Law Resources, Library section
    • Nebraska Evidence Manual - print at circulation desk; PDF version in Canvas, College of Law Resources, Library section
    • Nebraska Statutes of Limitations Reference - print at circulation desk; PDF version in Canvas, College of Law Resources, Library section
    • Nebraska Title Standards - print at circulation desk; PDF version in Canvas, College of Law Resources, Library section
    • Practice Management for Nebraska Lawyers: Closing a Practice - print at circulation desk; PDF version in Canvas, College of Law Resources, Library section
    • Practice Management for Nebraska Lawyers: Planning for Your Unexpected Absence, Disability or Death - print at circulation desk; PDF version in Canvas, College of Law Resources, Library section
    • Understanding Adoption Procedures in Nebraska - print at circulation desk; PDF version in Canvas, College of Law Resources, Library section

Keep in mind this list is intended to introduce you to some frequently used Nebraska secondary sources and provide examples of the types of secondary resources you might find; it is NOT comprehensive.

How would you find the ones listed above? Some of these resources are available in print in the Schmid Law Library; some are available via ProView (see the Schmid Law Library's A to Z list on the webpage); some from the Nebraska State Bar Association were graciously made accessible in PDF format and can be accessed via Canvas; and some are available through Westlaw Edge or Lexis+.

Nebraska CALI Lessons

CALI (The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction) has lessons on a variety of different lessons to help you learn different aspects of substantive law and legal research. There are two specific Nebraska Legal Research exercises to help you both learn and review Nebraska Legal Research.

 

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