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Legal Drafting: A Beginner's Guide

Form Books

Form books are another excellent way to get started with the legal drafting process. These books range in both size and scope—they can be a single paperback volume that contains a few general legal forms or a large multi-volume set with a separate index volume. The Law Library has several form books that focus on federal law and practice, such as:

In addition to the federal forms books listed above, you can also find state specific forms by browsing appropriate subject headings in the Library of Congress Online Catalog.

Finally, state-specific forms, particularly family law forms, are often found on state court websites.

Click on our Guide to Law Online, click on a state, and look under the “judiciary” heading for links to state court websites.