Resources for Improving Your Legal Writing

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Ever since Ward Farnsworth‘s appointment as the dean at UT Law in 2012, there has been a renewed emphasis on improving law students’ legal writing skills. Dean Farnsworth is an accomplished writer himself and has published works in a range of fields including rhetoric, the art of persuasive speaking or writing. Come to Tarlton to check out his works.

Whether you’re a fresh-faced 1L or a seasoned 3L, you probably will have many writing assignments to undertake over the coming academic year. To help you improve your own legal writing skills, Tarlton has put together a guide to Recommended Titles on Legal Writing. Some of the titles are very well known by prolific writers, such as Bryan Garner’s The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style. Some of the titles are probably less familiar, such as Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer by Anne Enquist and Laurel Currie Oates. And some of the titles are tailored to particular legal contexts, such as Writing for Litigation by UT Law’s own Kamela Bridges and Wayne Schiess.

All in all, there is plenty for law students to choose from and we hope that you do! The Tarlton reference librarians are happy to point you to further legal writing resources.

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DVD of the week: The Grand Budapest Hotel

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson‘s 2014 film recounts the adventures of Gustave H. (played by Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars; and Zero Moustafa (played by Tony Revolori), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds, and skis; and the sweetest confection of a love affair — all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing continent.

– from DVD jacket

Tarlton’s Law in Popular Culture collection (LPOP) is always growing with the addition of new titles, including feature films and television series on DVD. We’re spreading the word by featuring selected titles here on our blog. LPOP videos and DVDs are exclusively available to the UT law school community, i.e. students, staff and faculty, for three day loan. Enjoy!

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Jonathan Pratter has moved to the second floor

Our esteemed foreign and international law librarian, Jonathan Pratter, who was previously located on the third floor of the Library, has moved offices and can now be found on the second floor in office 2.206B. Jonathan can be reached at or (512) 471-7260, and those stopping by the library to meet with him can ask for him at the circulation desk.  As always, Jonathan is available for reference help and consultation on issues involving foreign or international law.

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Welcome UT Law Students!

Professor Bintliff

On behalf of our librarians and staff, I want to welcome you to the Tarlton Law Library. Tarlton has a strong student services program and is committed to meeting your educational needs. Our goal is to help you succeed in law school and prepare you for success in your career.   Tarlton’s librarians and staff members are ready to assist you at our Circulation, Reference, and Tech Desks.  Our collection includes print and electronic resources that are necessary for the study and practice of law; we also provide popular books and movies for the occasional diversion. Tarlton has numerous study spaces, a comfortable student lounge, conference rooms, and a computer lab and print center. The library features artwork from the Hyder Collection, which complements your classroom study by illustrating the development of the law; it provides a magnificent backdrop for your educational pursuits. We hope that you find Tarlton a welcoming place throughout your studies. Best wishes for an enjoyable and successful school year!

Barbara Bintliff
Joseph C. Hutcheson Professor in Law
Director, Tarlton Law Library

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1L Tarlton Orientations: This Wednesday – Friday

You may have found out during a scavenger hunt where the storied Peregrinus resides at Tarlton, but there is still a lot to learn about what Tarlton has to offer you.

We want to be sure 1Ls know how Tarlton can help them, both on-site and online from anywhere. To that end, Library orientation sessions for 1Ls are organized by mentor group and will take place Wednesday, August 27, through Friday, August 29.

Please see the library’s updated calendar for 1Ls to confirm the Tarlton orientation time for your mentor group. Meet your mentor group inside Tarlton’s lobby for a librarian-led introduction.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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New title at Tarlton about West Texas legal history

Broadus A. Spivey and Jesse Sublett. Broke, Not Broken: Homer Maxey’s Texas Bank War. Lubbock, Texas: Texas Tech University Press, 2014. Read more ›

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