Here are some links to websites that may be useful to those seeking to learn more about legal topics:
United States Code
United States Constitution
- U.S. Constitution – The Law Library of Congress provides texts, commentaries, historical texts and judicial decisions.
- U.S. Constitution – Full text from Emory University.
- U.S. Constitution Online – Includes the text of the U.S. Constitution. Each amendment has its own link, which includes a list of states that ratified the amendment and the dates. Find commentary, history, explanations, and more on this site.
MN Regulations and Executive Orders
- Code of Federal Regulations– This search interface is provided by GPO Access. Titles are updated regularly.
- Federal Register – Updates the Code of Federal Regulations through a searchable interface.
- Regulations.gov – Find, review, and submit comments on Federal regulations published in the Federal Register that are open for comment.
MN Courts and Decisions
Federal Courts and Decisions
Searchthere for opinions, briefs, orders, and more.
- PACER – Public Access to Court Electronic Records is a fee-based service provided by the federal judiciary for electronic access to federal court dockets. Legislators and staff can call the Legislative Reference Library for access.
- Supreme Court Opinions
- Tribal Court Opinions – The National Tribal Justice Resource Center offers searchable access to tribal court opinions.
- NCSL Bill Information Service – NCSL provides, to legislators and staff only, a 50-state searchable legislation database.
- Minnesota Revisor’s Manual with Styles and Forms – The bill drafting manual for Minnesota provided by the Office of the Revisor of Statutes.
- State Legal Materials – Links by state provided by Cornell. If a state provides legislation on the Internet, a direct link is available.
- State Legislatures – The National Conference of State Legislature has compiled this listing of state legislature websites. Not all state legislatures provide access to legislation, but many do.
- TrendTRACK – This private company offers 50 state bill searching including the full text of bills.
ABA Journal, and provides ABA LawInfo.org, legal information for consumers on various topics.
Legal resource sites with links to many documents
- American Law Sources Online (ALSO) – Provides a comprehensive, uniform compilation of links to on-line sources of American law available without charge.
- CataLaw – A catalog of catalogs, CataLaw speeds research by arranging legal and government indexes on the Internet into a universal metaindex.
- Contents Pages from Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals – Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas provides this searchable database of tables of contents from more than 750 law reviews.
- FindLaw – This site has a good topical index and is quite comprehensive, with links to many legal sources, including a searchable full-text database of law reviews on the Internet. The LawCrawler searches the contents of legal sites on the Internet. Court forms provide access to forms for both federal and state courts.
- Guide to Law Online – Prepared by the U.S. Law Library of Congress, this is an annotated guide to sources of information worldwide on
government and law.
- Hieros Gamos – Hieros Gamos is a comprehensive site for the legal profession. It includes directories of bar associations, law firms, and much more.
- Internet Legal Resource Group – A categorized index of over 4000 selected legal websites, this source also has links to law journals on the Internet.
- LawMoose – A search engine and directory specifically for Minnesota legal resources. Includes the
Minnesota Legal Periodical Index.
- Legal Information Institute – Provided by Cornell, often the first place to have legal documents online. LII also has Eye on the Courts, a collection of important decisions and
news reports commenting on them.
- Legal Journals on the Web – Created by law librarians at the University of Southern California, this site provides access to law journals.
- LLRX.com – A good source of up-to-date information on Internet legal research. Includes a searchable database of links to court rules, forms, and dockets, and links to federal, state, and commercial bill tracking resources.
- Minnesota State Law Library – Library information and catalog, along with links to Minnesota legal resources.
- WashLaw – From Washburn University School of Law, includes Reflaw: Virtual Law Library Reference Desk and other law-related links.
- Zimmerman’s Research Guide – An alphabetical guide to legal terms and other legal information sources.