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Advocacy & Alternative Dispute Resolution: Appellate Advocacy

This guide provides links and descriptions to many of the library's resources related to advocacy and dispute resolution, including trial advocacy, client counseling, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, evidence and professional responsibility.


This guide provides links to and descriptions of many of the Library's most popular resources regarding appellate procedure, brief writing and oral argument. If the Library has the title in print, the call number and location is provided. Otherwise, the user will see links to the corresponding database. Access to LexisNexis and Westlaw databases is limited to students, faculty, and staff with a valid username and password.  

This subpages of the Appellate Advocacy tab cover:

Search Tips

Not every source is listed in this guide.  What follows are general tips for locating sources that go beyond the scope of this Guide.

  1. Subject search:  one can locate resources on specific topics via a subject search for topics like "appellate procedure," "briefs" or "oral pleading." 
  2. Keyword search:  one can also execute a broader search for resources by simply searching the topic as a keyword(s).  For example: “Illinois AND appellate."
  3. Legal writing textbooks:  Almost all of the major legal writing texts have sections devoted to appellate advocacy which include pointers on and examples of briefs.  These are often a fruitful source for guidance.