Summaries and analysis of major U.S. Supreme Court decisions with links to full text of cases. Also includes biographies of justices plus tools for analyzing voting records and opinion alignments.
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Major Research Tools
Index to law journals and other legal periodicals published from 1908-1981. (For access to more recent legal periodicals use LexisNexis Academic.)
Extensive collection of full-text sources for legal research. Includes law reviews, federal and state case law, federal statutes and regulations, and state statutes.
Collection of dictionaries and other reference works on law from Oxford University Press. Includes Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law and The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History.
Provides summaries of Supreme Court cases from 1954 to present. Cases are searchable by justice, issues, or court term. Also includes audio of oral arguments and opinion announcements for most case entries.
Other Suggested Research Tools
Although primarily the official site of the Association, it also offers information valuable to students and the general public from immigration to tax tips, and brief publications on broad areas of the law.
Information on legislation and court cases on abortion, contraception, and other issues related to reproduction. Includes list of world's abortion laws, "partial-birth" abortion ban legislation by state, and U.S. budget appropriations for reproductive services.
Online version of the print product prepared by the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress. Contains annotations of cases decided by the Supreme Court of the United States. Includes Acts of Congress held unconstitutional in whole or in part by the Supreme Court; state constitutional and statutory provisions and municipal ordinances held unconstitutional; Supreme Court decisions overruled by subsequent decision, and an alphabetical table of cases.
Crime data for the nation and individual states. From the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports series.
From the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, this database indexes a selection of journal articles, book chapters, bills, laws, court decisions, reports, books, audiovisuals, and news articles relating to bioethics and professional ethics.
Education and research support office for the US courts provides court histories, biographies of federal judges, and access to research produced for the federal judiciary.
Annual data on sentences imposed on convicted criminals in the U.S.
The original text of the Federalist Papers (also known as The Federalist). View or download the entire or partial plain text version of all of the Federalist Papers as supplied by Project Gutenberg.
Comprehensive source of all things law-related. Includes the full text of Supreme Court decisions from 1893 to the present and an annotated guide to the U.S. Constitution with links to relevant Supreme Court decisions.
From Vanderbilt University, the site includes a First Amendment Library, glossary of terms, current and archived news of First Amendment related stories, and a small collection of Congressional Research Service reports regarding First Amendment issues.
Compilation of U.S. treaties, laws and executive orders pertaining to Native American Indian tribes from 1778 to 1971.
Current and historical caseload data for the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts. Includes numbers of civil and criminal cases filed.
Law blog (blawg) directory which allows users to search for blawgs in various categories including types of law, state law blawgs, country blawgs, and law school blawgs.
Useful tool for understanding a selection of the US Supreme Court's historically most significant cases. Provides summaries of the cases, excerpts from the opinions and links to the complete text, decision's impact and relevance and much more.
Provides definitions of legal terms in "plain English."
Cornell Law School's source for legal materials, including Supreme Court information and selected historical decisions.
Web site of organization for state legislators and their staffs. Useful for charts comparing state laws on a variety of issues such as family leave or drunk driving.
Provides access to over four hundred constitutions and over two hundred and forty codes/ordinances of the federally-recognized tribes and Alaska Native villages in the United States.
Statistics on law enforcement, spending, and staffing of the federal law enforcement agencies (e.g. the FBI, IRS, and INS).
General and permanent laws of the United States enacted by Congress. Includes a Table of Popular Names, a list of common names for legislative acts.
Official web site. Docket, oral arguments, court rules, opinions, history, etc.