Practicing lawyers require sample versions of standard legal documents known as model forms. There are sets of forms for federal practice, most states, and specialized subject areas. Some form sets include annotations, checklists, and citations to cases in which the forms were used. Most law firms maintain in-house collections of forms relating to their specific areas of practice. Generally, there are two kinds of forms:
Model forms of both types of legal documents can be found in the law library in books, looseleafs, and electronic databases. Remember to browse the shelves for additional form books for related subjects. Some titles may also be available on Westlaw or Lexis.
To find form books for a particular state, run a keyword search in the Law Library's catalog for the name of your state and the word forms. For example, Virginia forms.
Each of the following has legal forms on a broad range of subjects and will supply the forms needed by most patrons:
Browse forms by subject on the next page for sources of forms for specific subjects.