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Selecting & Developing Your Seminar Paper Topic: Case Briefs, Motions, Pleadings & Oral Arguments

This guide is designed to help law students select and research a topic for their upper level writing requirement. Briefs, Motions, Pleadings, and Verdicts

Lexis Advance's brief database contains U.S. Supreme Court Briefs, New York federal and state briefs, as well as motions, pleadings, and other court filings

To access in Lexis Advance, use the drop down filter menu to limit your result to "Briefs, Pleadings, and Motions." First select the filter "Category," and then select the filter "Briefs, Pleadings, and Motions." Now run a key word search. 

You can limit your results, using the filters on the left.  For example by selecting "Briefs" and "Second Circuit", you will limit your results to briefs filed in the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and its district courts.

Brief's on Westlaw

Westlaw's brief database includes many briefs filed w/ U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals, and many state high courts and intermediate appellate courts.  Database includes:

  • New York Court of Appeals
  • New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department

To search BRIEF-ALL directly, click on the link below.

Westlaw's Brief Database

Provides links to federal and state appellate court websites which provide free and fee based access to briefs.  Last updated January 13, 2009.