Academic Success Resources for Students: Legal Reasoning, Research, & Writing

Hastings library resources to help students understand legal reasoning and analysis, the conventions of legal writing, and legal resarch

Your guide to developing the skills you need for success in law school and in practice

Define what is meant by "thinking like a lawyer" and find the path that will take you from thinking like a lay person to formal legal reasoning and analysis.

Gain guidance and context for the complex process of conducting thorough and complete legal research, and for finding credible sources on your topics.  

Understand the time-consuming, technical, and precise process of legal writing, and learn how to write clearly and concisely for law professors, lawyers, and judges.

Learn to use legal citation effectively to support your writing and find directions and examples to help you use correct citations.