The library offers access to a wide variety of e-books and databases with legal information. Our e-book collection includes various practice guides, legal treatises, and self-help materials that can be borrowed and read in your Web browser or on an e-reader like a Kindle or an iPad. Our legal databases provide access to downloadable legal forms, case law, law review articles, and other legal information. Use the links on this page to access our e-books and legal databases.
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Law Practice Management
The titles below are available to you from home if you have a current library account with us. If you don't have a library account with us, Texas residents can register online. Learn more about how to register online.
- By Cindy Stormer. Published by James Publishing. 2006.
"Over 560 forms for 16 practice areas, with step-by-step procedures, voice-of-experience tips, answers to common questions, mistakes to avoid, tax considerations, and practice checklists." - from the publisher
- By Carl Falstrom. Published by American Immigration Lawyers Association. 2011.
"Running a successful law practice takes a skill you don't learn in law school. To help you succeed, AILA brings you The Entrepreneurial Lawyer: How to Run a Successful Immigration Practice. Used as the handbook for the Solo & Small Practice Conference in Washington, DC, The Entrepreneurial Lawyer provides golden nuggets of advice on key areas you should keep in mind when starting or running your own immigration practice." - from the publisher
- By Kay Kavanagh. Published by Thomson West. 2007. 1st edition.
"Excellence in the Workplace: Legal and Life Skills in a Nutshell provides tools and techniques for success on the job and in life to students and lawyers beginning their careers. It progresses from preparing for the first day of work, to work-life balancing. Designed for easy reading and reference by students, the chapters can also be used as teaching modules. The authors: Discuss fundamental lawyering skills such as analysis, research, writing, oral communication, and time management Introduce the characteristics of emotional intelligence, effective interpersonal relationships, models of professionalism, conflict and stress management, and generational differences Offer practical advice for building a successful career, creating a career plan, assessing a job offer, negotiating a salary, managing money, and maintaining a work-life balance." - from the publisher
- By Karen Thalacker. Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. 2009.
Law school prepares you to think like a lawyer, write like a lawyer, and research like a lawyer—but once you're in the door of a law firm, there's a whole new set of skills you need. The New Lawyer's Handbook guides you through the 101 essential things you need to know in order to excel.
From how to handle your clients and how to work with people in your office, to why it pays to learn to play golf and maintain some semblance of a family life even as you make your billables, The New Lawyer's Handbook gives you the knowledge you need to succeed." - from Amazon
- By Amy Blackwell. Published by Wiley. 2011.
This book is a practical, hands-on guide to all the basics—from preparing documents for litigation, conducting research, managing a typical law office, and getting certified. It discusses legal concepts and the skills that you will need for this career.
- By Pamela Pierson. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 1st.
"The Business of Being a Lawyer (BBL) is premised on the fact that each of us, as a lawyer, is a business, our own business, whether we work for a law firm, have a solo practice, work in a public interest or government office, or work in a law-related field, we need to know our own balance sheet. What are our assets and liabilities? What are our short-term and long-term business plans? What investments should we make in our business? Viewing ourselves as a business is more imperative than ever given the volatility of the legal economy. This book covers four topics: (1) Economic trends in the legal profession and what these trends mean for law students and practicing lawyers; (2) Personal financial planning basics and how personal financial planning impacts one’s career decisions, (3) Emotional Intelligence (EQ) issues such as recognizing and using one’s strengths, cultivating habits of resilience, and dealing with stress and setbacks, (4) How to be an effective “free agent” throughout one’s career (in light of the fact that the average lawyer now changes jobs seven times in a career). The approach of this book is descriptive, readable and practical, with case studies and specific advice." - from the publisher