Research Guides

Legal Resources on the Internet

The purpose of this resource guide is to make legal information accessible to anyone needing it. The law is a complex field of study which covers a wide range of human activity, from marriage and child raising to mergers of corporations to intellectual property (including patents, trademarks and copyrights).

Legal Research, News and Search Engines

American Bar Association LAWLink http://www.americanbar.org/groups/departments_offices/legal_technology_resources/resources/lawlink.html
Lawlink provides quick access to important legal information from the American Bar Association and other resources. Each site is selected and evaluated by a member of the ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center staff. LTRC staff also publish, Sitetation, a monthly e-newsletter of web sites relevant to legal professionals.

American Health Lawyers Association  http://www.healthlawyers.org/Pages/Default.aspx
The leading professional membership association devoted to legal issues in the healthcare field.

*Virtual Chase / Legal Research Guide / Starting Points
http://virtualchase.justia.com/legal-research
Guides lawyers and other legal professionals who want to conduct research on the Internet. Offers numerous articles on research strategies, research guides, and teaching tools.

Lexis Nexis Academic http://library.devry.edu/
Locate U.S. and state legal cases and major law review publications.

PublicLegal/Internet Legal Resource Guide http://www.ilrg.com/
(includes Law Runner search engine)
Established in 1995, this categorized index of more than 4000 select worldwide web sites, as well as thousands of locally stored web pages, legal forms, and downloadable files, serves as a comprehensive resource of the information available on the Internet concerning law and the legal profession. The emphasis is on United States law. Designed for lay persons and legal scholars, this web site includes only the most substantive legal resources online.

*Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute (LII) http://www.law.cornell.edu
The LII's "Law About" pages provide brief summaries of law topics with links to key primary source material, other Internet resources, and useful off-net references. They can be accessed by browsing broad topic categories, through an alphabetical listing of topics, and through a searchable index. Since 1992, the LII has been building and distributing electronic materials strongly oriented to the needs of legal educators via the Internet and on disk. 

FindLaw http://www.findlaw.com
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. resources include Web search utilities, cases and codes, legal news, an online career center and community-oriented tools, such as mailings lists and message boards.

LawCrawler http://lawcrawler.findlaw.com/
A legal web and databases search engine which uses the GoogleT search engine and database, as well as other legal code and case law databases, to retrieve information geared towards the specific needs of legal professionals.

'LectricLaw Library  http://www.lectlaw.com/
Allows users to find and access law-related information and products.

LegalZoom.com http://www.legalzoom.com/
An easy-to-use, online service that helps people create their own legal documents.

Nolo: Everyday Law for Everyday People http://www.nolo.com/
To help people handle their own everyday legal matters -- or learn enough about them to make working with a lawyer a more satisfying experience - the Nolo web site publishes reliable, plain-English books, software, and legal forms.

LexisNexis InfoPro / Zimmerman's Guide http://www.lexisone.com/zimmermanguide/
Begun in 1999, this web site offers an online legal encyclopedia compiled by a team of law librarians for legal researchers.

American Association of Law Libraries http://www.aallnet.org/
The American Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information. The AALL web site provides fourteen internet sites that provide an excellent starting point for legal research. Most of the websites link you to both primary and secondary sources on a variety of legal subjects.

*Jurist Legal Intelligence http://www.jurist.law.pitt.edu
JURIST is the Internet's legal education portal, the university-based academic gateway to authoritative legal instruction, information and scholarship online.

*Catalaw http://www.catalaw.com/
CataLaw is the catalog of catalogs of worldwide law on the Internet. It aids legal research by arranging all indexes of law and government into a uniform, universal and unique meta-index.

*Law.com http://www.law.com/
American Lawyer Media's law.com is the Web's leading legal news and information network.
Law.com connects legal professionals to more than 20 award-winning national and regional legal publications online, including The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, New York Law Journal and Legal Times, and delivers top legal news electronically to a growing national and global audience of subscribers each day on The Newswire.

*LLRX.com http://www.llrx.com/
LLRX.com is a unique, free Web journal dedicated to providing legal, library, IT/IS, marketing and administrative professionals with the most up-to-date information on a wide range of Internet research and technology-related issues, applications, resources and tools, since 1996.

*American Law Sources Online http://www.lawsource.com/also/
Provides comprehensive, useful and free online legal resources for the U.S. and Canada.

*HierosGamos Law Research Center http://www.hg.org/
The purpose of the HierosGamos Law Research Center is to provide a general understanding of the law and not provide legal advice. Sections include: legal directories, law practice areas, an employment center, law schools, consumer resources, united states law, international law and professional associations.

The Law Engine http://www.thelawengine.com/
This site provides the best legal sources in a "single-view format." It serves as a directory of legal resources not a search engine.

Law Guru http://www.lawguru.com/
Started in 1996 by a Los Angeles law firm, Law Guru is provided as a free service to the public. A legal research page offers access to over 500 legal search engines. Answers to legal questions are provided as are legal forms. Attorneys are able to be located through the Attorney Network with over 2000 law firms.

Lawinfo.com http://www.lawinfo.com/

The LawInfo Legal Resource Center is a free service designed to help consumers and businesses resolve their legal issues. You will find thousands of samples of legal forms and documents, such as a contract to sell your car, a will, or an employment agreement. You will find answers to a wide variety of commonly asked legal questions, many of which are available in RealAudio® and Windows Media formats in the Audio Guides section.

*All Law.com Legal Topics http://www.alllaw.com/topics/
A subject directory of basic legal topics with links to Internet sites and an attorney finder.

Duhaime's Law Dictionary http://www.duhaime.org/diction.htm
A law dictionary, written in plain language and provided free of charge, by lawyer Lloyd Duhaime.

CourtTV/FindLaw Resources http://www.courttv.findlaw.com/
CourtTV provides news and features, extensive coverage of major trials, special reports, programming and scheduling information, video archives, chats, the Court TV store and bookstore and a special section on educational resources and public affairs. The legal resources page covers consumer law, constitutional law, cases and codes, message boards, and a legal dictionary.

University Law Review Project http://www.lawreview.org/
This web site, sponsored by the legal education community, offers a full-text search of law journals on the Internet.

FreeAdvice.com http://freeadvice.com/
The leading "legal advice" web site for consumers and small business owners. Users can locate an attorney, legal forms and documents, state laws, and seek advice online through the legal forums.

National Law Sites http://www.lawsites.com/
Sponsored by Wilson Jaffer PA, a Sarasota, FL based law firm, this web site features computer, Internet and high technology litigation as well as Florida law resources.

U.S. Courts  http://www.uscourts.gov/Home.aspx
A comprehensive website that covers the federal judiciary system.

Sources to Find an Attorney

Martindale-Hubble Law Directory http://www.martindale.com/
The authoritiative source for locating attorneys worldwide, this database covers over one million lawyers and law firms in 160 countries.

National Law Journal's Top 250 Database http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1202489565842
The results of an annual survey of the top 250 largest law firms in the United States conducted by the National Law Journal.

Attorney Find http://www.attorneyfind.com
Search in over 70 law categories to locate an attorney in your area.

Attorney Locate http://www.attorneylocate.com
A tool to locate attorneys and law firms in the United States and Canada.

U.S. Federal Government Web Sites (Legislative, Judicial and Executive Branches)

*THOMAS: Legislative Info on the Net http://thomas.loc.gov/

*GPOAccess http://www.gpoaccess.gov/legislative.html

Library of Congress Congressional Mega Sites (includes House, Senate, directories, biographies)
http://thomas.loc.gov/home/legbranch/legbranch.html

Official Congressional Directory http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cdirectory/index.html

Federal Register http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/index.html

State of Florida Legal & Government Web Sites

Florida Statutes http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/

Florida Administrative Code https://www.flrules.org/

Florida State Attorney http://www.myfloridalegal.com/

National Center for State Courts http://www.ncsc.org/

Legal Ethics Sites http://www.legalethics.com/

State of Florida Government Portal http://www.myflorida.com/portal/Government

Florida Resource Page (Library of Congress) http://www.loc.gov/rr/news/stategov/fl-gov.html

FindLaw Florida Legal Resources http://www.findlaw.com/11stategov/fl/

All Law Florida Legal Resources http://www.alllaw.com/state_resources/florida/legal_resources/

Legal Law Help http://www.legallawhelp.com/state_law/Florida/

Internet Resource Guide: Florida Legal Resources http://www.ilrg.com/gov/fl.html

Florida Courts http://www.flcourts.org/

Florida Bar Association http://www.flabar.org/

FloridaLawHelp.org http://www.floridalawhelp.org
A guide to free legal information and legal services in Florida.

Technology Law Web Resources

BitLaw: Technology Law Resources http://www.bitlaw.com/
Comprehensive resource on technology.

GigaLaw http://www.gigalaw.com/

Cyberlaw Encyclopedia http://www.gahtan.com/cyberlaw/

Local Government Web Sites & Municipal Codes

State and Local Government on the Net http://www.statelocalgov.net
A directory of of state, county and city government websites.

Municipal Codes Online http://www.municode.com/

Sources Consulted

Olson, Kent C. Legal Information: How to Find It, How to Use It. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 1999. (Miramar KF 240 .O365 1999)

Open Directory Project http://www.dmoz.org/Society/Law/

Yahoo Directory http://dir.yahoo.com/Government/Law/

AALLNET Legal Research Links. http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Member-Resources/legal-links

Items with Asterisk (*) are recommended as starting points for legal research by AALL.

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