LAW 6829- Immigration Practice Clinic Guide

Tennessee Primary Law

Print Sources: Tennessee court rules and professional rules are included in the "Rules" volumes of the Tennessee Code Annotated and West's Tennessee Code Annotated. The Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys are found at Rule 8 in the Tennessee Supreme Court Rules. The Rules volumes also include selected Local Rules of Practice.

Tennessee Secondary Sources

Tennessee Jurisprudence provides textual analysis of more than 400 subjects with citations to Tennessee statutes and rules, case law, and law review articles.

Tennessee Jurisprudence is not available on Westlaw or Bloomberg Law.

National Encyclopedias: The two main national legal encyclopedias as American Jurisprudence (Am Jur) and Corpus Juris Secundum (CJS). Many states have their own encyclopedias, like Tennessee Jurisprudence. Entries in national encyclopedias will identify major variations that exist between different jurisdictions, but they do not attempt to resolve differences or recommend improvements in the law. In a national encyclopedia, the citations to authorities could be from any, or many, states.

You can still use those citations to find Tennessee cases addressing the same principles, though. One way to do this is to look up the cases from another jurisdiction in a West reporter or on Westlaw, note the most relevant West topic and key number, adn then use the topic and key number to locate similar Tennessee cases.

American Jurisprudence 2d (Am Jur):

Am. Jur. is not available at all on Bloomberg Law.

Corpus Juris Secundum (CJS):

CJS is not available on Lexis Advance or on Bloomberg Law.

A number of treatises focus on Tennessee law. Browsing the secondary authorities area of Westlaw, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law should lead you to individual Tennessee treatises, even when you do not know the treatise title.

Bloomberg Law does not have any Tennessee specific treatises as this time.