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Databases Associations & Organizations
Federal Law Career Information
State Law Law Schools
Online Reference Research Guide For Law
Law Journals & News Web Portals

. Databases

  • Legal Collection - via EBSCOhost - fulltext scholarly law journals
  • Westlaw Campus Research - law reviews and journals, federal and state case law, full text of the United States Code Annotated (USCA), American Jurisprudence, American Law Reports, business, trade, and professional journals, newspapers, newswires, magazines, and broadcast transcripts.

Federal Law

  • Code of Federal Regulations - The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is a codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the Executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.The CFR is divided into 50 titles which represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Each title is divided into chapters which usually bear the name of the issuing agency.
  • Federal Register - Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. GPO Access contains Federal Register volumes from 59 (1994) to the present.
  • Federal Judicial Center - the education and research agency for the federal courts. Included are the federal publications, federal judicial history and educational programs and materials.
  • Federal Rule making - provides access to the national and local rules currently in effect in the federal courts, as well as background information on the federal rules and the rulemaking process..
  • Law Library of Congress - includes statutes, regulations, judicial opinions, court rules, Comptroller General decisions, law journals and other links.
  • Legal Information Institute - provides easy access to US Code, from Cornell Law School.
  • Public & Private Laws - collection of laws enacted during the 104th (1995) Congress to current.
  • Selected Laws and Treaties - full text of selected federal legislation and links to interpretive resources and documentation about the U.S. legislative procedures.
  • Supreme Court - court rules, case handling guides, opinions, bar admissions, oral arguments and related websites
  • Supreme Court Decisions (1937-1975) - developed by the US Air Force and to be used by researchers only as a finding aid.
  • Thomas Legislative Information on the Internet - search for Bills, public laws, congressional votes, Congressional Record text, committee reports, information on the legislative process, historical documents, and more.
  • US Bankruptcy Courts - information on federal court fees, bankruptcy basics, bankruptcy forms, statistical reports and links to bankruptcy courts.
  • US Code - Contains the general and permanent laws of the United States.
  • US Constitution - Analysis & Interpretation.
  • US Courts - Federal Circuit and district courts and links to various court websites.
  • US Courts - links - links to various courts of Appeal, district, bankruptcy courts and probation, pretrial and administrative offices.
  • US Courts of Appeal - information on federal court fees, statistical reports and links to circuit courts.
  • US District Courts - information on federal court fees, statistical reports and links to district courts.


State Law
  • Code of Virginia - searchable database for Virginia's laws available from the Code Commission's home page.
  • Commonwealth of Virginia - state web site list - an index of state agencies and entities with web sites.
  • Constitution of Virginia - a declaration of rights made by the people of Virginia in the exercise of their sovereign powers, which rights do pertain to them and their posterity, as the basis and foundation of government.
  • - portal to all state laws
  • State Legislatures, State Laws and Regulations - from the law librarians society.
  • Virginia Administrative Law Advisory Committee - ALAC includes representatives of business, local government, the state bar, state agencies, the academic community, hearing officers, the Virginia Supreme Court, and public interest associations.
  • Virginia Register of Regulations - of particular interest to the legal profession and anyone else affected by state regulatory action. Register contains valuable information about state government, including petitions for rulemaking, emergency regulations, Governor's executive orders, state lottery regulations and director's orders, State Corporation Commission orders and regulations, Virginia Tax Bulletins from the Department of Taxation, and notices of public hearings and open meetings of state agencies.
  • Virginia Supreme Court - contains appeals granted, dockets, opinions, amendments to the rules of the court, Virginia Supreme Court forms etc.


Online Reference

  • AcqWeb's Resources - via Vanderbilt University - Resources for law librarians in acquisitions and collection development.
  • Legal Citation - via Cornell University A manual for law.
  • Find Law - FindLaw is the highest-trafficked legal Web site, providing the most comprehensive set of legal resources on the Internet for legal professionals, businesses, students and individuals. These resources include Web search utilities, cases and codes, legal news, an online career center, and community-oriented tools, such as a secure document management utility, mailing lists, message boards and free e-mail.
  • How Our Laws Are Made - prepared by the Office of the Parliamentarian of the US House of Representatives in consultation with the Office of the Parliamentarian of the US Senate.
  • Law Schools on the Internet - via the Internet Legal Research Guide containing law school on the Internet and rankings.
  • Lawcrawler - offers access to legal information throughout the web.
  • Legal Dictionary from NOLO - plain-English definitions for over a thousand legal terms
  • Legal Encyclopedia from NOLO - Plain-English articles on the legal topics
  • Internet legal resource guide - categorized index of more than 4000 select web sites in 238 nations, islands, and territories, as well as thousands of locally stored web pages and downloadable files. Guide to law journals, law outlines, law schools, law student, legal study abroad, pre-law, law experts, lawyers/firms, legal forms etc.
  • Enactment of a Law (US Senate Parliamentarian, via THOMAS)
  • Enactment of a Law (US Senate Parliamentarian, via US Senate)
  • United States Government Manual - the official handbook of the Federal Government, The United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches


  Law Journals and News

  • Academic Search via LexisNexis - (HU Subscription) Get Business, Foreign Language, Legal, and Todays news.
  • American Lawyers Media - (WWW) The nation's leading legal monthly, The American Lawyer is avidly read by managing partners and partners at the nation's largest law firms, as well as by general counsel.
  • FindLaw News - (WWW) FindLaw is the highest-trafficked legal Web site, providing the most comprehensive set of legal resources on the Internet for legal professionals, businesses, students and individuals. These resources include Web search utilities, cases and codes, legal news, an online career center, and community-oriented tools, such as a secure document management utility, mailing lists, message boards and free e-mail.
  • Jurist Legal News from the University of Pittsburgh - (WWW) Consists of information on Legal professionals, legal professors and students, journalists, world law and breaking news.
  • Law Journals via Yahoo - (WWW) listing of law journals including categories such as antitrust, environmental, international, technology and womens laws.
  • Law Reviews via LexisNexis - (HU Subscription) A massive search engine by using key words.



Associations & Organizations

  • American Association of Law Libraries - founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries
  • American Bar Association - With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel - purposes of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel ("College") are to maintain an association, international in scope, of lawyers skilled and experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts; estate planning; probate procedure.
  • American Health Lawyers Association - nation's largest, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to legal issues in the healthcare field
  • Association of American Law Schools - non-profit association of 164 law schools. The purpose of the association is "the improvement of the legal profession through legal education."
  • International Law Association - founded in Brussels in 1873. Its objectives, under its Constitution, include the "study, elucidation and advancement of international law, public and private, the study of comparative law, the making of proposals for the solution of conflicts of law and for the unification of law, and the furthering of international understanding and goodwill".
  • Law School Admission Council - a nonprofit corporation whose members are 201 law schools in the United States and Canada
  • National Association of Police Organizations - a coalition of police unions and associations from across the United States
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys - a nonprofit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations and others who work with older clients and their families.
  • National Association of Attorneys General - founded in 1907 to help Attorneys General fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions.
  • National Association of College and Law Attorneys - founded in 1960-61 by a small group of attorneys who regularly provided legal services to colleges and universities; they were the first such specialists in the United States. It's purpose is to enhance legal assistance to colleges and universities by educating attorneys and administrators to the nature of campus legal issues
  • National Conference of State Legislatures - bipartisan organization dedicated to serving the lawmakers and staffs of the nation's 50 states
  • National District Attorneys Association - their stated purpose is "to Be the Voice of America's Prosecutors and to Support Their Efforts to Protect the Rights and Safety of the People"
  • National Federation of Paralegal Associations - oldest & largest national paralegal association
  • National Governors Association - The association's ongoing mission is to support the work of the governors by providing a bipartisan forum to help shape and implement national policy and to solve state problems.
  • National Health Law Program - national public interest law firm that seeks to improve health care for America's working and unemployed poor, minorities, the elderly and people with disabilities


Career Information


Law Schools

  • Association of American Law Schools - over a 165 member law schools and 20 non-member schools.
  • Brennan's Law School Rankings - Thomas E. Brennan's rankings and judgment of law schools.
  • Choosing a Law School via LexisNexis - (HU Subscription) A resource for prelaw students who are interested in going to law school. This informative guide goes through the entire process to correctly choose which law school is appropriate for each student to attend. This process is based on several factors, including academics, environment, costs, practice plans, faculty, etc.
  • Law School Directories from Lexis-Nexis - (HU Subscription) This form searches law school directories from Martindale-Hubbell® and the National Association for Law Placement.


Web Portals

  • ABA Network - American Bar Association - A most power source for legal information.
  • Findlaw - find any type of information on the subject of law.
  • NOLO - find any type of information on the subject of law.
  • Yahoo's Directory of Law - Massive collection and links to various databases. Included are attorneys General, district attorneys, jury duty, continuing legal education, cases, law enforcement, law firms and legal services, legal ethics, law Weblogs, journals, booksellers and more.
  • Yahoo's Directory of Law enforcement - Attorneys general, police scanning, police vehicles, military police, forensics, racial profiling, special weapons and tactics, law enforcement departments, employment, web directories and more.


Updated PB 09/04/09


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