The Internet is an ever expanding source of legal
forms. Good sources are listed below:
At the San Diego Public Law Library
- Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice 3d
(available on Westlaw); Norton Bankruptcy Law and
Practice 2d (KF1524 .N67).
- Collier on Bankruptcy, 15th ed.,
rev. (; also available on Lexis) published by
Matthew Bender. The contents of volumes 11-13 of the
set are bankruptcy forms.
- Bankruptcy Code, Rules and Forms
(); see also Bankruptcy Code,
Rules and Official Forms (Reserve;
also available on Westlaw).
- Other bankruptcy forms can be located by a
search of the online catalog using either a “subject
keyword” or “subject begins with” search "BANKRUPTCY
UNITED STATES FORMS."
By its nature, the field of contracts involves the drafting and
interpreting of documents. Contracts is a broad topic that can be
further subdivided, e.g., real estate and commercial law. The two
best known general contracts forms books are:
- Forms of Business Agreements with
Tax Ideas, Annotated (KF886 .C3),
published by Institute for Business Planning.
- Warren's Forms of Agreements: Business Forms
(KF808 .W37), published by Matthew Bender.
Note: The Library’s print Matthew
Bender forms publications are no longer updated
regularly. While their content may be somewhat
outdated, they are still valuable starting points
from which to construct legal forms. Current members
of the Duke Law community may access more recent
versions of Matthew Bender publications on
- Other contracts form books can be found by
searching using either a “subject keyword” or
“subject begins with” search: "CONTRACTS
UNITED STATES FORMS" or "COMMERCIAL
LAW UNITED STATES FORMS."
C. Pleading and Practice
@ SD Law Library, not Cuyamaca Library
Law students and new lawyers frequently wish to know how to draft
a pleading or a motion. Official forms are often found in or as an
appendix to rules of procedure. For example, the Federal Rules of
Civil Procedure include various official and suggested forms. For
day-to-day pleading and motion practice, other resources are
American Jurisprudence Pleading and Practice Forms
Annotated ( KF8836.A45; also
available on Westlaw) is arranged similarly to American
Jurisprudence Legal Forms. Once again, this set includes cross
references to American Jurisprudence and American Law
Reports. The book contains forms suitable for federal and state
West's Federal Forms
(Practice & Procedure KF8836 .W4; also available on Westlaw) is
arranged by the court one is practicing before, e.g., the U.S.
Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeal, and U.S. District Court.
Volume I begins with forms used in practice before the United States
Federal Procedural Forms Lawyers Edition( KF8836.F4; also available on Westlaw) is a multi-volume
set of forms used in federal civil, criminal, and administrative
proceedings. For each of the more than 65 chapters, there are
outlines, research references, annotations, state considerations,
law practice checklists, and the forms themselves.
Note: The following form books, published by
Matthew Bender, are no longer updated regularly in the Library’s
print collection. While their content may be somewhat outdated, they
are still valuable starting points from which to construct legal
forms. Current members of the Duke Law community can access the most
current versions on LexisNexis.
Bender's Forms of Discovery ( KF8900.A3 B458) covers the practice of discovery, the
portion of pretrial practice used to learn information about one's
(and one's opponent's) case. The set contains interrogatories
arranged alphabetically by the subject of the action.
Bender's Federal Practice Forms
( KF8836.B45) is arranged to parallel the
federal rules of procedure.
Moore's Manual: Federal Practice Forms
(), a companion set to Moore's Federal Practice,
also published by Matthew Bender, has 3 volumes of forms.