Legal Research

U.S. Code : Office of the Law Revision Counsel

The Office of the Law Revision Counsel prepares and publishes the United States Code, which is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. The Code does not include regulations issued by executive branch agencies, decisions of the Federal courts, treaties, or laws enacted by State or local governments. Regulations issued by executive branch agencies are available in the Code of Federal Regulations. Proposed and recently adopted regulations may be found in the Federal Register.

Nellco : Legal Scholarship Repository

NELLCO, Inc. is an international consortium of law libraries, founded in New England in 1983. Our membership includes academic; state, court and county; and private non-profit law libraries in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. NELLCO is a 501(c)(3), incorporated in Massachusetts, with offices located in Albany, NY. The repository is a service of the NELLCO libraries. Research and scholarly output included here has been selected and deposited by the individual university departments and centers on campus.

Yale Law Library Special Collections | Yale Law School Research

eYLS is the portal to the various electronic collections curated by the Lillian Goldman Law Library in memory of Sol Goldman at Yale Law School. The sites and collections that comprise eYLS are listed below. Please contact the webmaster if you have any questions.

Yale Avalon Project (Documents In Law History And Diplomacy)

The Avalon Project will mount digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. We do not intend to mount only static text but rather to add value to the text by linking to supporting documents expressly referred to in the body of the text. The Avalon Project will no doubt contain controversial documents. Their inclusion does not indicate endorsement of their contents nor sympathy with the ideology, doctrines, or means employed by their authors. They are included for the sake of completeness and balance and because in many cases they are by our definition a supporting document.

bepress Legal Repository

The bepress Legal Repository is a network of law-related research materials. Law schools, research units, institutes, centers, think tanks, conferences, and other subject-appropriate groups post materials to specific publications (e.g., the USC Working Paper Series). This high-quality content may be downloaded freely by interested readers.

Thomson Reuters Westlaw

Westlaw is a primary online legal research service containing proprietary database services. Information resources on Westlaw include more than 40,000 databases of case law, state and federal statutes, administrative codes, newspaper and magazine articles, public records, law journals, law reviews, treatises, legal forms and other information resources. Access is via individual password, available on request from the law librarian. Westlaw is contractually restricted to persons accessing data for educational purposes directly related to student coursework or for scholarly research.

Harvard Law Case Studies

Case studies and other experiential classroom materials can open doors for students to participate in class discussions, actively solve problems, and learn from each other. The Case Studies Program publishes and distributes experiential materials developed by HLS faculty for HLS courses, including: Discussion-based case studies Workshop-based case studies Role plays Video cases and supplements Technical and background notes Other experiential classroom materials

CALI Lessons by Casebook

CALI provides access to an extensive collection of interactive, computer-based lessons designed to augment traditional law school instruction. Use the lessons to supplement your studies and to review specific concepts.

Harvard Law School Legal Treatises

Treatises range from single volume overviews for students to extensively detailed multi-volume sets for practitioners. They may come in the form of bound books updated with pocket parts or supplements, or in the form of loose-leafs with easily replaced pages.

Law Journal Library

We are the world’s largest distributor of legal periodicals, with thousands of titles in stock. We also warehouse the back issues of more than 900 legal periodicals and have the reprint and microform rights to hundreds of others. Combined with our secondhand inventory and network of dealers worldwide, Hein is your one-stop source for any legal periodical.

Yale University Law Database List

These lists of research Databases include our extensive A-Z list and subject specific databases such as domestic, foreign, and international resources and more.

Famous Trials

Welcome to Famous Trials, the Web’s largest and most visited collection of original essays, trial transcripts and exhibits, maps, images, and other materials relating to the greatest trials in world history.

CanLII 
Funded by Canada’s lawyers and notaries for the benefit of all, CanLII provides free access to legal information Unique in the world among Legal Information Institutes (LIIs), CanLII’s operational funding is, and has always been, exclusively provided by members of Canada’s provincial and territorial law societies. Funding for specific projects such as expansion of historical databases has been gratefully received from provincial law foundations and other sources.

Military Legal Resources   
The U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center & School Library External Link in Charlottesville, VA, holds extensive collections of primary source materials and publications in the field of military law. Selections from these collections are now being made accessible in full text PDF versions via the Library of Congress Federal Research Division (FRD) Web site. As more materials are converted to digital formats, they will be added to this page.

CALI Lessons   
CALI Lessons are our most popular and widely used learning tool. They are computer-based, interactive tutorials that cover narrow topics of law. Browse our library of over 1,000 CALI Lessons below. The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit consortium of law schools, law libraries and related organizations. Almost every United States law school is a member of CALI and they make up the bulk of our membership.

International Legal Scholarship Journals  
The International Legal Scholarship Library aims to provide a comprehensive search facility for all academic law journals available via WorldLII and other Legal Information Institutes (LIIs) and the nearly 20,000 law journal articles and academic papers available through the Legal Scholarship Network (LSN). Currently, the search facility below allows searches over 45 law journals databases.

Irish Legal Information Initiative   
IRLII is intended to complement, rather than compete with, BAILII. Apart from providing BAILLI with Irish content, IRLII also offers a number of unique services. The IRLII Index of Cases The first complete searchable index of decisions of the Irish High Court and Supreme Court, spanning 1997 to date, including citations of cases reported in the Irish Reports and Irish Law Reports Monthly, as well as links to the text of the decisions on BAILII (where available). Older leading cases are also included in the index.

New Zealand Legal Information Institute   
The New Zealand Legal Information Institute (NZLII) is a joint project of the University of Otago Faculty of Law, University of Canterbury and the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) with the assistance of the Law School, Victoria University of Wellington.

The Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques (ITTIG)  
The Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques (ITTIG), organ of the National Research Council, conducts research in the dell ‘industry legal informatics and computer law . It operates in continuous interaction with the academic world and with the government. Creates and distributes legal databases. Designing specialized software and tools for interoperability of public data.

Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute   
PacLII stands for the Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute. It is an initiative of the University of the South Pacific School of Law with assistance from AustLII. PacLII is a signatory to the Montreal Declaration on Public Access to Law and participates in the Free Access to Law movement, (FALM) a grouping of a number of world wide organizations committed to publishing and providing access to the law for free. PacLII is based at the Emalus Campus of the USP in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Cyprus (CyLaw)   
The CyLaw is the online service of the Cyprus Bar Association offering free and non-profit access to Cypriot and international sources of law. The Cylaw is a member of the International Movement for the Freedom of Access Law since 2004 and has close cooperation with similar organizations in other countries. The Cylaw cooperates with other international online legal information services as a single search engine of the Network of Presidents of the EU Supreme Courts , the WorldLii and CommonLii while participating in the initiative to create a pan-European legal information service EuroLii .

The Commonwealth Legal Information Institute (CommonLII) Databases   
The Commonwealth Legal Information Institute (CommonLII) aims to provide one central Internet location from which it is possible to search – for free – core legal information from all Commonwealth countries. CommonLII will provide a common technical platform through which all Commonwealth countries can cooperatively provide access to their laws. CommonLII will assist the development of a genuinely international common law. It will support the rule of law throughout the Commonwealth, by making each country’s legal system more transparent. This transparency will also support international trade and investment.

Commonwealth Legal Information Institute   
The Commonwealth Legal Information Institute (CommonLII) aims to provide one central Internet location from which it is possible to search – for free – core legal information from all Commonwealth countries. CommonLII will provide a common technical platform through which all Commonwealth countries can cooperatively provide access to their laws. CommonLII will assist the development of a genuinely international common law. It will support the rule of law throughout the Commonwealth, by making each country’s legal system more transparent. This transparency will also support international trade and investment.

Asian Legal Information Institute   
The Asian Legal Information Institute (AsianLII – http://www.asianlii.org) is a non-profit and free access website for legal information from all 27 countries and territories in Asia located from Japan in the east to Pakistan in the west, and from Mongolia in the north to Timor Leste in the south. Access to AsianLII is free. AsianLII was launched for free public access on 8 December 2006 in Sydney. Launches in a number of Asian countries will take place, beginning with the Philippines in January 2007.

Australasian Legal Information Institute   
AustLII is Australia’s most popular online free-access resource for Australian legal information, serving the needs of a multitude of users with over 700,000 hits daily. AustLII is a joint facility of the UTS and UNSW Faculties of Law. AustLII relies on the generosity of its contributors to operate. To make a tax deductible contribution please use our contribution form.

Canadian Legal Information Institute   
CanLII is a non-profit organization that has been engaged by the law societies of Canada that are members of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada to establish, operate, maintain and provide to the law societies a website dedicated to providing continuous access to a virtual library of Canadian legal information. CanLII’s goal is to make Canadian law accessible on the Internet.

The Sachsenspiegel (Eike von Repgow’s Book of Law)   
The Sachsenspiegel consists of three parts: the preambles, the section detailing common law, and that defining feudal law. The preface mentions that the source of this legal code is divine order: God is himself the Law. The author requests the support of “righteous people” in the case of having overlooked any legal questions, asking them to settle such matters in accordance with their “insight” to the best of their abilities.

FindLaw   
The information contained in this web site, and its associated web sites, including but not limited to FindLaw, the CyberSpace Law Center, the LawCrawler, LegalMinds and the University Law Review Project, is provided as a service to the Internet community, and does not constitute legal advice. We try to provide quality information, but we make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this web site and its associated sites.

GW Law Database List   
This is an alphabetical list of all electronic resources to which the Law Library subscribes. Each entry for an electronic resource includes a description. The “Information” icons provide additional details about access. Please refer to the “Off-Campus Access” tab above to determine how to use a resource from other locations.

Legal resources at Oxford University: Resources for jurisdictions  
Our collection is catalogued on SOLO: you could search in advance of a visit, making note of the call numbers (shelf marks) of the items you would like to read. The floor plan (above) may mean you can find them for yourself – but please don’t hesitate to ask a librarian, we are happy to show you the way.

Legal resources at Oxford University  
The Law Bod subscribes to a wide range of electronic legal databases which can be used by all current full OU members with an Oxford Single Sign-On username and password (Oxford SSO). Consequently, Oxford SSO holders have access a considerable library of legislation, law reports, law journals and e-books – from many jurisdictions & across most legal subjects – wherever they have access to the internet.

Researching Public International Law   
This guide is designed to enable you to do research in international law. It will introduce you to the basic concepts, institutions, texts, and research tools and give you a framework to knit these together as needed to solve individual problems. Underlying the guide is the principle that in order to understand what you need to find, you have to understand the institutions which are in a position to “create” international law. The guide is not intended to teach substantive law, but the framework within which the law is disseminated.

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations   
This database allows you to search for the meaning of abbreviations for English language legal publications, from the British Isles, the Commonwealth and the United States, including those covering international and comparative law.

The United States Statutes at Large   
The United States Statutes at Large include the text of every public and private law enacted by Congress. This collection begins with volume 65 from 1951.

Rule of Law   
Digital Commons Network Open Access Digital Commons is the leading hosted institutional repository software for universities, colleges, law schools, and research centers.

Yale Law Publications  
EliScholar is a digital platform for the scholarly output of researchers at Yale University. It promotes discovery and access of their work. EliScholar allows researchers and other interested readers anywhere in the world to learn about and keep up to date with Yale scholarship. Administered by the Yale Library, EliScholar contains materials selected by participating departments, schools, centers, and institutes at Yale. Users have access to materials in EliScholar free of charge

Hebert Nuremberg Collection from Louisiana State University Law Center  
The photos and documents presented here were selected from the files of Paul M. Hebert, who served as Dean of the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center from 1937 until his death in 1977. Between 1947 and 1948, Hebert was appointed as a judge for the United States Military Tribunals in Nuremberg. As judge for the Tribunals, Hebert most famously presided over the I.G. Farben trial (Case Six), concerning the use of slave labor, and is well-known for his lone dissenting opinion, in which he disagreed with the majority’s acquittal of fifteen of the twenty-three named defendants who were members of the Vorstand, the principle governing corporate board of I.G. Farben.

The Watergate Hearings Papers  
This series is a collection of papers produced during the Watergate Hearings that were donated by Congressman Don Edwards to the Heafey Law Library.

The International Military Tribunal for Germany (Contents of The Nuremberg Trials Collection)   
Includes Trial of the Major War Criminals Before the International Military Tribunal : Proceedings Volumes (The Blue Set), and Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression (The Red Set)

Project DIANA – An Online Human Rights Archive 
The Avalon Project will no doubt contain controversial documents. Their inclusion does not indicate endorsement of their contents nor sympathy with the ideology, doctrines, or means employed by their authors. They are included for the sake of completeness and balance and because in many cases they are by our definition a supporting document.

Judicial Nominations Database   
These lists of federal judicial nominations are prepared for the Career Development Office of Yale Law School. The information is derived from multiple sources, including the Congressional Record, but should not be construed as official. Addresses are taken from a variety of directories and sources at the time of nomination. There has been no attempt to confirm the accuracy of the addresses, but corrections will be made as they are brought to the compiler’s attention. After confirmation and appointment, judges should be addressed at the appropriate court.

Before Roe v. Wade: Voices that Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling (2d edition, 2012)  
The Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade legalized abortion–but the debate was far from over, continuing to be a political battleground to this day. Bringing to light key voices that illuminate the case and its historical context, Before Roe v. Wade looks back and recaptures how the arguments for and against abortion took shape as claims about the meaning of the Constitution—and about how the nation could best honor its commitment to dignity, liberty, equality, and life.

Yale Law School Library Document Collection   
Welcome to the Yale Law School Library Document Collection Center. This site will publish discrete collections of research material collected by the library. Some collections are related to faculty publications the library worked on, some collections come from in-house digitization projects, and others have been collected as part of other law school projects. We look forward to adding additional collections and enhancements in the future, including a powerful cross-collection search.

Yale Law School Digital Repository  
Institutional Repositories (IRs) bring together all of a University’s research under one umbrella, with an aim to preserve and provide access to that research. IRs are an excellent vehicle for working papers or copies of published articles and conference papers. Presentations, senior theses, and other works not published elsewhere can also be published in the IR.

Law Library Microform Consortum  
Over 43 million pages of legal and government documents from the U.S. and other jurisdictions. Law reports, statutes, treatises, court journals, and reports provide information on constitutional provisions, labor law, civil rights, immigration, trade, international relations, and other topics. Text searchable.

The Supreme Court Database (USA)  
The Supreme Court Database is the definitive source for researchers, students, journalists, and citizens interested in the U.S. Supreme Court. The Database contains over two hundred pieces of information about each case decided by the Court between the 1791 and 2015 terms.

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