Sunday, June 19, 2011

Publically Available Legal Resources

I compiled this as a protest to LexisNexis and Westlaw. I hope this allows others to better navigate the legal and scholarly resources that are publicly available.


US Case and Codified Law
GoogleLegalSearch(Shows Referenced Cases)  
Justia    
PLOL(Free Registration Required)           
LII(Read the Law Heading)
Search.USA.gov(Easy Search Function for Codified Law)

Legislative History
LibraryOfCongress/Thomas        

Administrative Law

Executive Branch Agencies and Independent Agencies

US Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Local Ordinances
MiniCode           

Court Rules, Legal Forms, and Dockets

Federal Court Information
Justia    

State and Local Government General Information
State&LocalGov            

General Statistical Information

Legal Encyclopedias
Citizen’sMediaLaw         
Wikipedia/GoogleSearch(May lead to other primary and secondary sources available at your library)

Jury Instructions/Verdict Information
Georgetown (Starting at "1. Model Civil Jury Instructions by Federal Circuit")

Briefs

Trial Advocacy

Legal Dictionary

Free Physical Resources
Call your local public university library, law library, or city library. They typically have immense resources (Ex//ScienceDirect, Elsevier, Annotated References), especially if you live in an urban area.

Paid
LexisNexis and Westlaw are available for outrageously high prices from $15-$75 per minute.
You can find other paid resources ($15-$200/month) that don’t offer much more than what you can get for free. Ex// TheLaw.net, Fastcase, Loislaw, National Law Library, Versus Law, and CaseClark

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