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Top Treatise Finder

This guide suggests the top one or two treatises for each listed practice area.

Introduction

Consulting a treatise at the beginning and throughout your research is a critical step in most legal research projects (see our Visual Overview for a quick refresher on the process). How do you know which treatise to use? We've created this "Top Treatise Finder" to make it easy to locate the top one or two treatises in most legal fields. Of course, not everyone will agree with our selections, so consider asking your supervisor or professor for their preferred treatise(s). 

Our treatise finder focuses on the top treatise in each area of the law. However, there may be a treatise within the area of law you're focused on that's particularly applicable to your question. For example, if your research question focused on searches under the Fourth Amendment, then you should also consider Search and Seizure: A Treatise on the Fourth Amendment in addition to the treatises listed in our finder. 

Top Treatise Finder

Subject

Administrative Law

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Top Treatise

Administrative Law Treatise

Kristin E. Hickman & Richard J. Pierce, Jr.

Access on VitalLaw*

*Type "Hickman" in VitalLaw search bar and select from auto-populated result.

Subject

American Indian Law

Top Treatise

Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law

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Subject

Antitrust

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Top Treatise

An Analysis of Antitrust Principles and Their Application

by Areeda & Hovenkamp

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Subject

Art Law

Top Treatise

Art Law: The Guide for Collectors, Investors, Dealers & Artists

by Ralph E Lerner, et al.

Access on PLI
Subject

Banking Law

Top Treatise

Michie on Banks and Banking

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Subject

Bankruptcy Law

Top Treatise

Collier on Bankruptcy

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Subject

Business Law

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Top Treatise

Fletcher Cyclopedia of the Law of Corporations

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Subject

Civil Rights

Top Treatises

Federal Civil Rights Acts

by Rodney A. Smolla

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Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Litigation: The Law of Section 1983

by Sheldon H. Nahmod

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Subject

Class Actions

Top Treatise

Newberg on Class

by William Rubenstein

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Subject

Commercial Law

Top Treatises

Lawrence's Anderson on the Uniform Commercial Code

by Lary Lawrence

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White & Summers' Uniform Commercial Code

by James J. White, Robert S. Summers, and Robert A. Hillman

View on Westlaw
Subject

Communications Law

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Top Treatise

Telecommunications Regulation: Cable, Broadcasting, Satellite, and the Internet

by Charles D. Ferris & Frank W. Lloyd

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Subject

Computer Law

Top Treatises

Computer Law: A Guide to Cyberlaw and Data Privacy Law

by David Bender

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Law of Computer Technology

by Raymond T. Nimmer

View on Westlaw
Subject

Constitutional Law

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Top Treatise

Rotunda and Nowak's Treatise on Constitutional Law

by Ronald D. Rotunda, John E. Nowak

View on Westlaw
Subject

Consumer Law

Top Treatise

Consumer Protection & the Law

by Dee Pridgen, Richard Alderman, and Jolina Cuaresma

View on Westlaw
Subject

Copyright

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Top Treatises

Nimmer on Copyright

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Corbin on Contracts

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Subject

Contracts

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Top Treatises

Williston on Contracts

by Richard A. Lord

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Corbin on Contracts

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Subject

Copyright

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Top Treatises

Nimmer on Copyright

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Patry on Copyright

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Subject

Criminal Law

Top Treatises

Substantive Criminal Law

by Wayne R. LaFave

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Wharton's Criminal Law

by Charles E. Torcia

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Subject

Disability Law

Top Treatise

Americans with Disabilities: Practice & Compliance Manual

View on Westlaw
Subject

Dispute Resolution

Top Treatises

Alternative Dispute Resolution

by Jay E. Grenig

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Elkouri & Elkouri: How Arbitration Works

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Subject

E-Commerce

Top Treatises

E-Commerce & Internet Law

by Ian C. Ballon

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Law of Electronic Commerce

by Jane Kaufman Winn & Benjamin Wright

Subject

Education Law

Top Treatise

Education Law

by James A. Rapp

View on Lexis
Subject

Elder Law

Top Treatise

Advising The Elderly Client

by A. Kimberley Dayton, et al.

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Subject

Entertainment Law

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Top Treatises

Lindey on Entertainment, Publishing & the Arts

by Michael Landau & Alexander Lindey

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Entertainment Law: Legal Concepts & Business Practices

by Robert C. Lind, et al.

View on Westlaw
Subject

Environmental Law

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Top Treatise

Treatise on Environmental Law

by Frank P. Grad

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Subject

Evidence

Top Treatises

Weinstein's Federal Evidence

by Mark S. Brodin

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The New Wigmore: A Treatise on Evidence

by David P. Leonard & David E. Bernstein, et al.

Access on VitalLaw*

*Type "evidence" in VitalLaw search bar and select from auto-populated result.

Subject

Family Law

Top Treatise

Family Law and Practice

by Arnold H. Rutkin

View on Lexis
Subject

Freedom of Information

Top Treatise

Federal Information Disclosure

by James T. O'Reilly

View on Westlaw
Subject

Federal Legislative History

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Top Treatise

Federal Legislative History Research

by Richard J. McKinney & Ellen A. Sweet

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Subject

Federal Practice

Top Treatises

Federal Practice & Procedure (Wright & Miller)

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Moore's Federal Practice

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Subject

Federal Tax Law

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Top Treatises

Federal Taxation of Income, Estates & Gifts

by Boris I. Bittker & Lawrence Lokken

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Federal Income Taxation of Corporations & Shareholders

by Boris I. Bittker & James S. Eustice

View on Westlaw
Subject

Government Contracts

Top Treatise

Government Contracts: Law, Administration and Procedure

by John C. McBride, et al.

View on Lexis
Subject

Health Law

Top Treatises

Treatise on Health Care Law

View on Lexis

Health Law Practice Guide

View on Westlaw
Subject

Immigration Law

Top Treatise

Immigration Law and Procedure

by Charles Gordon, et al.

View on Lexis
Subject

Insurance Law

Top Treatises

New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition

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Couch on Insurance

by Steven Plitt, et al.

View on Westlaw
Subject

International Trade

Top Treatises

International Trade Practice

by Jerry Cohen & Matthew McCullough

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Law and Practice of United States Regulation of International Trade

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Subject

Internet Law

Top Treatise

E-Commerce & Internet Law

by Ian C. Ballon

View on Westlaw
Subject

Juvenile Law

Top Treatise

Rights of Juveniles

by Samuel M. Davis

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Subject

Labor & Employment Law

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Top Treatise

Labor and Employment Law

by N. Peter Lareau, et al.

View on Lexis
Subject

Land Use

Top Treatise

Zoning and Land Use Controls

by Patrick J. Rohan, et al.

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Subject

Legal Ethics

Top Treatise

Law of Lawyering

by Hazard, Hodes, and Jarvis

Access on VitalLaw*

*Type "Hazard" in VitalLaw search bar and select from auto-populated result.

Subject

Libel & Slander (Defamation)

Top Treatises

Law of Defamation

by Rodney Smolla

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Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems

by Hon. Robert D. Sack

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Subject

Maritime and Admiralty Law

Top Treatise

Benedict on Admiralty

by John A. Edginton, et al.

View on Lexis
Subject

Military Law

Top Treatises

Military Criminal Justice: Practice and Procedure

by David A. Schlueter

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Military Rules of Evidence Manual

by Stephen A. Saltzburg, et al.

View on Lexis
Subject

Municipal Corporations

Top Treatise

McQuillin: The Law of Municipal Corporations

View on Westlaw
Subject

National Security Law

Top Treatise

National Security Investigations & Prosecutions

by David Kris & J. Douglas Wilson

View on Westlaw*

*As of this writing, this treatise was last updated in 2019.

Subject

Natural Resources Law

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Top Treatises

Waters and Water Rights

by Amy Kelley

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American Law of Mining

by Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (editor)

View on Lexis
Subject

Oil & Gas Law

Top Treatise

Williams & Meyers, Oil and Gas Law

by Patrick H. Martin & Bruce M. Kramer

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Subject

Patent Law

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Top Treatise

Chisum on Patents

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Subject

Products Liability

Top Treatise

Products Liability

by Louis R. Frumer, Melvin I. Friedman, Cary S. Sklaren

View on Lexis
Subject

Property

Top Treatise

Powell on Real Property

View on Lexis
Subject

Religious Organizations

Top Treatise

Religious Organizations & the Law

by William W. Bassett, et al.

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Subject

Securities Law

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Top Treatises

Law of Securities Regulation

by Thomas Lee Hazen

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Securities Regulation

by Louis Loss, Joel Seligman, Troy A. Paredes

Subject

Statutory Interpretation

Top Treatise

Sutherland Statutes & Statutory Construction

by Shambie Singer

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Subject

Trademark Law

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Top Treatise

McCarthy on Trademarks & Unfair Competition

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Subject

Trusts & Estates

Top Treatises

Bogert's The Law of Trusts and Trustees

by George Taylor Bogert, et al.

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Scott and Ascher on Trusts

by Mark Ascher & Austin Scott, et al.

Access on VitalLaw*

*Type "Scott" in VitalLaw search bar and select from auto-populated result.

Subject

Torts

Top Treatises

American Law of Torts

by Stuart M. Speiser, et al.

View on Westlaw*

* Dobbs' Law of Torts is another well-know treatise available on Westlaw

Damages in Tort Actions

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Subject

Trade Secrets

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Top Treatises

Milgrim on Trade Secrets

by Roger M. Milgrim

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Trade Secrets Law

by Melvin F. Jager

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Subject

Virginia Law

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Top Treatises

Michie's Jurisprudence of Virginia & West Virginia

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Virginia Practice Series

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