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Using Treatises: Why treatises and what are they?

There are a huge number of treatises that cover every area of law imaginable. Several titles are considered to be the seminal treatise for their subject area. You may have a judge or partner say, “Find that in Collier.” They are referring to Collier on Bankruptcy, see list below.

The treatises used in your law practice may also depend on the resources you have access to, either in print or online. When you start working, especially after law school when you lose access to your Westlaw/Lexis/Bloomberg accounts, be sure to become familiar with the resources available to you. Depending on where you work, that could be electronic databases, a firm library, or you may rely on public law libraries.

In addition to being directed to a particular treatise, you may want to consult them when independently researching. Treatises are secondary sources that can provide background information, lead you to primary law, or provide persuasion for a legal argument.

On this page you will find a list of “seminal” treatises, both generally and in Louisiana. To find additional sources, use the Georgetown Law Treatise Finder. You can select from a wide variety of subjects (from administrative law to water law). The first section of results are print books from Georgetown; if you want the treatises in print, search our catalog or speak to a law librarian. The second section of results lists where the treatises are available electronically, primarily on Westlaw and Lexis, which you can then access through your own login. 

Navigate The List

If we have the resource in print, the title is linked to its entry in the law library catalog. Select the link to view the library's holdings and find the location for each title. 

 - This title is available on Westlaw. 

 - This title is available on Lexis. 




Class Actions



  • Bender’s Forms of Discovery 

Eminent Domain

  • Nichols on Eminent Domain 


  • McCormick on Evidence 

Federal procedure

Medical Malpractice

  • Louisell & Williams on Medical Malpractice 

Oil & Gas

  • Williams & Meyers on Oil & Gas 


  • Chisum on Patents 


Workers’ Compensation


Civil Law Treatise  - This is the preeminent general Louisiana treatise; they all sit together in Reserve, Reference, and the Stacks at KFL 80 .L685 ; the following areas of law have their own volume in the set:

  • Business Organizations 
  • Civil Jury Instructions
  • Civil Procedure
  • Civil Procedure-Special Proceedings
  • Criminal Jury Instructions and Procedures
  • Evidence and Proof
  • Insurance Law and Practice
  • Law of Obligations and Putting in Default and Damages
  • Legislative Law and Procedure
  • Limited Liability Companies and Partnerships
  • Louisiana Lawyering
  • Matrimonial Regimes
  • Personal Servitudes
  • Predial Servitudes
  • Property
  • Sales
  • Summary Judgment and Related Termination Motions
  • Successions and Donations
  • Tort Law
  • Trusts
  • Workers Compensation Law and Practice
  • Motions in Limine

Louisiana Practice Series  - These books are also great resources for practitioners and are generally updated every year. Most of these books are kept in the reference collection, and can be searched using the catalog. This series covers the following areas of law:

  • Civil Appellate Procedure
  • Civil Practice Forms 3d
  • Construction Law
  • Corporations
  • Civil Procedure
  • Civil Pretrial Procedure
  • Civil Trial Procedure
  • Criminal Trial Practice
  • Divorce
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Estate Planning
  • Evidence (Harges & Jones)
  • Notary Handbook
  • Personal Injury Practice Guide
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Secured Transactions
  • Trial Handbook

Other works of particular note include: