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Legal Resources

Links to laws and legal information including Federal law, court opinions, treaties, legal dictionaries and journals, and copyright information. See Bibliography of Law Resources for a selection of related materials available in ALIC.


Legal Research

American Legal History Online Sources
Created by D’Angelo Law Library, this site provides links to information about Charters and Constitutions, Legislative Resources, Executive Resources, and more.

Audiovisual Library of International Law
The United Nations Codification Division of Office of Legal Affairs created this web site "to contribute to a better knowledge of international law." Divided into three areas - the Historic Archives, the Lecture Series, and the Research Library - this is a multimedia resource offering video, audio, documents, and links to scholarly writings and research guides.

Court Rules, Forms, and Dockets
This useful metapage links to over 1,400 sources for state and federal court rules, forms, and dockets. Researchers may search by court type, type of resource, jurisdiction, state, or keyword.

Collection of references of use to people doing Federal legal research.

Foreign and International Law Guide
Created by the Cornell University Law Library, this site contains pointers in four major areas: foreign law, transnational organizations, topical guide, and U.S. Government sources on foreign and international law.

Georgetown University Law Library
Resources available here include research guides, tutorials, databases, decisions and opinions.

Guide to Law Online
The Library of Congress Law Library created this site as an "annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information."

Primarily designed for teachers and scholars with interests in constitutional and legal history, this site links to the H-Law discussion list as well as appropriate links to other legal history sites.

"Jurist is a Web-based legal news and real-time legal research service powered by a mostly-volunteer team of over 60 part-time law student reporters, editors and Web developers led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law."

Law Resources
Links to sites dealing with a variety of legal subjects.

Legal History Pathfinder
This site from Rutgers University Law Library provides links to information about general history of law, ancient law, and common law, including British Legal History and American Legal History.

Legal Information Institute
The Legal Information Institute (LII) is a research and electronic publishing activity of the Cornell Law School.

Legal Technology Resource Center
Produced by the American Bar Association, this site provides a comprehensive collection of technology resources and information to the legal profession.

Legislative Source Book
Important sources for legislative research are included in this compilation by members of the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington D.C.

This web site provides columns, feature articles, topical research guides, and legal-tech and library related news resources compiled from law librarians, attorneys, information technology specialists and legal technology consultants.

Native American Legal Resources
Highlights of these resources include the American Indian Law Review and the Native American Constitution and Law Digitization Project.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
"The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics brings together data from more than 100 published and unpublished sources about many aspects of criminal justice in the United States."

The Virtual Chase
Annotated list of links to sites dealing with topics related to case law.

Intellectual Property Law

United States Copyright Office
General information, application forms, legislative activity, text of copyright law, and U.S. Copyright Office records dating from 1978 to present are available at this site.

A comprehensive resource on technology and intellectual property law, with information dealing with patent, copyright, trademark, and Internet legal issues.

Copyright & Fair Use
Copyright FAQs, resources, charts and tools, and a blog are available on this web site.

Copyright Advisory Office
Among the resources available on this web site are the Fair Use Checklist and forms for permissions.

Copyright Office at the University of Michigan Library
Guidelines for scholars, researchers, staff, and students are presented on this site.

Copyright on the Internet
This site deals with U.S. copyright issues of concern to those who post to or own email lists or web pages.

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States
This resource, provided by Cornell University, describes the copyright term for various works under various circumstances. A PDF version is available.

Intellectual Property Law and Policy
Information from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The Intellectual Property Law Server
Provides information about intellectual property law including patent, trademark, and copyright. "Resources include comprehensive links, general information, space for professionals to publish articles, and forums for discussing related issues."

The World Intellectual Property Organization offers "a one-stop search facility for national laws and treaties on intellectual property (IP) of WIPO, WTO and UN Members."

Federal Courts and Court Opinions

FLITE: Federal Legal Information Through Electronics
FLITE presents over 7000 Supreme Court opinions dating from 1937 through 1975, from Volumes 300 through 422 of U.S. Reports. The site was developed and maintained by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS).

Legal Information Institute: Supreme Court
Supreme Court decisions issued since May 1990 are updated daily, and are searchable by topic, keyword, or name. Also includes more than 600 other historically important Supreme Court decisions.

"OpenJurist's mission is to provide access to published United States legal opinions, Code and legal resources without charge."

"The Oyez Project is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955." Cases are browseable by issue and by term. Biographical information about justices is browseable by court and by seat.

PACER Service Center
Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) provides access to case and docket information from federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts. Users are charged a fee for each page accessed.

United States Courts
The purpose of this site is to function as a clearinghouse for information from and about the Judicial Branch of the U.S. Government. It is designed for teachers and students, the media, jurors, researchers, legal professionals, and government agencies.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
This site provides access to the opinions and orders of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, along with the argument calendar, dispositions, and audio of oral arguments.

U.S. Judiciary: Federal Court System & Decisions
Guide to Law Online’s gateway to information about the Federal Courts, including Special Jurisdictions and Federal Court Procedure. Provided by the Library of Congress.

U.S. Supreme Court
The home page of the U.S. Supreme Court, this page gives general information about the workings of the Court, the docket, and other legal information.

U.S. Supreme Court Opinions
Direct access to FindLaw’s full-text database on U.S. Supreme Court decisions since 1893 is available here.

U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society
This web site provides a history of the Court, audio selections from Oyez, and digitized publications.

Federal Law

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1873
This site brings together online the records and acts of Congress from the Continental Congress through the 42nd Congress.
" is the official source for federal legislative information."

Federal Register 2.0
"The Office of the Federal Register (we) posts this unofficial, HTML (XML-based) edition of the Federal Register on to overcome the technical limitations of the official PDF edition and to demonstrate how an alternate version can effectively convey regulatory information to the public."

The Legislative Process
U.S. House of Representatives web site that explains the legislative process from a bill's introduction to consideration by the President.

Office of the Federal Register
Published every Federal working day, the Federal Register provides legal notice of administrative rules and notices and presidential documents. It contains Federal Agency Regulations, Proposed Rules and Public Notices, Executive Orders and Proclamations as well as other presidential documents.

U.S. Code
Access is provided via Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. The site includes a Table of Popular Names which contains the popular names of many laws.

Legal Dictionaries & Encyclopedias; Basic Citation

Duhaime's Legal Dictionary
This site offers a comprehensive dictionary of legal terms.

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation
This is a citation primer by Peter W. Martin of Cornell Law School.

'Lectric Law Library's Free Legal Lexicon
"Thousands of Definitions & Explanations of Legal Terms, Phrases & Concepts."

Legal Dictionary
Users can find plain-English definitions for legal terms along with pronunciation guides.

Law Reviews & Journals

Law Journals
Links to full-text legal journals are available here from Washburn University School of Law Library.

The Most-Cited Law Review Articles of All Time
An article from Michigan Law Review.

University Law Review Project
Available here is a full-text search of law journals on the Internet. The site is also browseable, with journals organized by topic.

U.S. Law Reviews Online
This Library of Congress Law Library site includes links to full-text and free-of-charge electronic law reviews and other publications that offer substantial amounts of legal analysis.


Treaties & Other International Agreements
Research guide that identifies print and online sources of information about treaties and international agreements.

Treaties and International Agreements
This guide to treaty research introduces the basic sources for locating treaties.

Treaties in Force
"Treaties in Force is prepared by the Department of State for the purpose of providing information on treaties and other international agreements to which the United States has become a party."


Code of Federal Regulations
Government Printing Office's FDsys searchable and browsable database for federal regulations.

Code of Federal Regulations
Access to the CFR is provided via Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute.