General Legal Research
Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute
Useful site for researching your legal issues. The site contains many "Law About" topic entries with general background information on different legal subjects. The site is especially useful for searching for United States Supreme Court opinions, Federal Circuit court opinions, and the United States Code.
Findlaw contains many subject guides to specific areas of law, links for finding lawyers, and law related news and information.
Contains a useful law encyclopedia and dictionary geared toward the non-attorney. Since this is a commericialcommercial publisher's site, some products are offered for sale.
Federal Legislators-Senate and House Member Search
Identify and contact federal officials using this website.
United States Constitution
Sponsored by Cornell University Law School, this online text versions of the United States Constitution has additional analysis and interpretation done by the Congressional Research Service.
United States Code
These sites provide searchable versions of the United States Code. Codes can be searched by keyword, title, or section number.
Thomas (federal legislative information)
Congressional bills, Congressional Record, committee reports and more. Users may track bills as they move through the House and Senate, read and download the text of pending bills and see how their representatives and senators vote. The search feature allows users to look for bills by name, number, subject, sponsor and other criteria. The site contains bill summaries from 1973 to the present; bill text from 1989 to the present; public laws from 1973 forward; the Congressional Record from 1989 to the present; committee reports from the 104th Congress to the current Congress; and historical documents and presidential nomination information.
GPO Access (access to federal administrative law and information)
Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register Full text of the Federal Register from 1994 forward. Full text of the Code of Federal Regulations from 1996 to the present.
Federal Administrative Agency Opinions
Search for federal agency opinions by agency or by subject.
Supreme Court of the United States
Access the official site of the United States Supreme Court. Find information on cases pending in front of the court, schedules for argument on various pending cases, and the full text of the court's rules. The site also contains opinions of the court from 1991-2001 in their bound volume format; a case citation-finder; and the slip opinions of the 2001-current terms.
Federal Judiciary Homepage
Detailed links to all federal courts, federal court publications, and information on the federal judiciary.
Federal Case law
FindLaw contains United States Supreme Court opinions from 1893-current. Users may search by name, citation, or keyword search the text. Federal Circuit court opinions may be accessed through Cornell's Legal Information Institute.
Pacer (Public Access to Court Electronic Records)
Electronic (for fee) access to U.S. District, Bankruptcy, and Appellate court records.
The American College of Board Certified Attorneys
The ACBCA supports activities to identify and recognize those attorneys who have met or exceeded rigorous certification standards relating to their area of practice. The ACBCA seeks to communicate and promote the importance of board certification to the profession and the public. The website has a searchable comprehensive database of U.S. Board Certified Attorneys.
Martindale Hubbell Lawyer Locator
Find attorneys by location, area of practice, and many other criteria such as the language they speak, where they went to school, etc.
Finding Law Schools and Law Library Catalogs Online
Forms and Rules
LexisOne provides many links of use to the legal researcher. Among those links provided are some to free legal forms and also forms for purchase. LexisOne allows users to purchase access to Shepard's to update their legal research. The site also provides access to free case law (five years of state and federal court opinions; United States Supreme Court opinions from 1790). This site is operated by LexisNexis, a legal publishing company.
I-CAN! Legal Modules
I-CAN! is a web-based system that helps users create court paperwork and educate themselves about how to proceed in their own legal matters. The site contains a video guide that helps the user select and fill out appropriate court forms in civil matters such as Domestic Violence, Unlawful Detainer, Paternity, and more. I-CAN! is free of charge and is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. I-CAN! was developed by the Legal Aid Society of Orange County and was sponsored by organizations including: Legal Services Corporation, Judicial Council of California, State Bar of California, Orange County Superior Court, Orange County District Attorney, Orange County Public Library System, Disneyland, City of Irvine, and the City of Fullerton.
Fill out court forms using an interactive program designed to help non-attorneys properly fill out forms for family law, small claims, eviction, and guardianship/probate. Many California counties are included in this site. Users select the county in which they are going to file and then answer questions in order to fill out the forms.
Forms from the Feds
Links to downloadable federal agency forms, listed by agency. Useful place to access forms from the INS, Copyright Office, and more.
Links to over 60,000 court forms nationwide. Some free forms are available and many are interactive forms that may be filled in online.
Court Rules-Law Library Resource Xchange
Links to over 1,400 sources for state and federal court rules. Browse or search by keyword.