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Jury Instructions Research Guide: Subject Specific

Jury instructions are directions from the judge to the jury regarding the applicable law specific to the case being tried. They serve as a guide to assist the jurors in understanding the legal and factual issues and in reaching a verdict.

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Find instructions using these databases. Access is restricted and requires individual username and password.

Bloomberg Law - Choose Litigation → Dockets Tab → Litigation Resources → Other Court Materials → Federal and State Jury Instructions


LexisAdvance - Choose Browse → Sources by Category → Jury Instructions


Westlaw - Choose All Content → Secondary Sources → Jury Instructions


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Subject-specific Jury Instructions

Topical, or subject-specific, jury instructions may be available for a specific area of law. For example, the American Bar Association (ABA) publishes several books covering jury instructions for subjects such as antitrust, employment and construction. In addition, professional organizations which deal with a specific area of law may have model jury instructions available online. An example is the American Intellectual Property Law Association's (AIPLA's) Model Patent Jury Instructions. The Federal Evidence Review's website provides selected Subject-Area Jury Instructions.