A legal treatise is a scholarly legal publication
containing all the law relating to a particular area, such as
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or trusts and estates
. There is no fixed usage on what books qualify as a "legal treatise", with the term being used broadly to define books written for practicing attorneys
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s, textbooks for law students, and explanatory texts for laypersons.
The treatise may generally be loose leaf bound with rings or posts so that updates to laws covered by the treatise and annotated by the editor may be added by the subscriber to the legal treatise.
Legal treatises are secondary authority
, and can serve as a useful starting point for
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, particularly when the researcher lacks familiarity with a particular area of law.
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commonly use legal treatises in order to review the law and update their knowledge of pertinent primary authority
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s, and administrative regulations
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s, treatises are sometimes used as additional study materials, as treatises often cover legal subjects at a higher level of detail than most
A casebook is a type of textbook used primarily by students in law schools.Wayne L. Anderson and Marilyn J. Headrick, The Legal Profession: Is it for you?' (Cincinnati: Thomson Executive Press, 1996), 83. Rather than simply laying out the legal ...
s do. Certain treatises, called
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s, are used by American law students as supplements to casebooks. Hornbooks are usually one volume – sometimes a briefer version of a longer, multi-volume treatise written by a recognized legal scholar.
* Treatise on Law
, by Thomas Aquinas
* Law dictionary
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