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The Restatements

Posted by Library Blog on 02/04/2010 at 12:00 AM

During your study of courses your professors might mention or you might read references to the Restatements. The Restatements are a project of the American Law Institute.  Founded in 1923, the American Law Institute is comprised of leading lawyers, judges, and law professors who draft, discuss, revise, and publish the Restatements, model statutes and principles of law that are influential in the courts and legislatures. 

The Restatement sets are an attempt to provide a “restatement” of the general principles of the common law on various subjects such as agency, conflict of laws, contracts, property, restitution, torts, and trusts. Each general principle or rule is followed by a hypothetical illustrating applications of the principle. Each rule is also accompanied by the Reporter’s Notes which provide background information on the development of the rule. Accompanying annotations cite court decisions, statutes, and secondary sources both in support and contrary to the rule.

The Restatements are shelved in the low shelves in front of the stacks located to the left as you enter the Law Library.  The Restatements are available on LexisNexis and Westlaw.