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U.S. Legal System

  • Outline of U.S. Legal System (pdf - 5.4Mb)
    Outline of U.S. Legal System (pdf - 5.4Mb)

    This outline covers the history and organization of the federal and state judicial systems; the criminal and civil court processes; the background, qualifications, and selection of federal judges; the role of other participants (lawyers, defendants, interest groups) in the judicial process; and the implementation and impact of judicial policies. 

  • The U.S. Legal System: A Short Description (pdf - 50 Kb)
    The U.S. Legal System: A Short Description (pdf - 50 Kb)

    A brief document highlighting features of the U.S. legal system created by the Federal Judicial Center 

The Federal Judicial System

Legal Materials Online Resources

Federal Law

  • is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Printing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC's Congressional Research Service. 

  • United States Code
    United States Code

    The United States Code is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is divided by broad subjects into 51 titles and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives. The U.S. Code was first published in 1926. The next main edition was published in 1934, and subsequent main editions have been published every six years since 1934. 


  • Code of Federal Regulations
    Code of Federal Regulations

    The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) annual edition is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. The 50 subject matter titles contain one or more individual volumes, which are updated once each calendar year, on a staggered basis.  

  • Federal Register
    Federal Register

    Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.  

State Law

  • State Legislative Websites Directory
    State Legislative Websites Directory

    This database contains information gleaned from the home pages and websites of the fifty state legislatures, the District of Columbia and the Territories. You can select to view specific website content materials (such as, bills, press rooms, statutes) from all states, one state or a selected list of states. 

Municipal Law


  • U. S. Supreme Court Most Recent Decisions
    U. S. Supreme Court Most Recent Decisions

    Supreme Court Decisions since 1990 and a collection of the most important decisions from the Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute website. 

  • US Supreme Court Opinions
    US Supreme Court Opinions

    Searchable database of the Supreme Court decisions since 1893 (U.S. Supreme Court Decisions: U.S. Reports 150-, 1893-). Browsable by year and U.S. Reports volume number, and searchable by citation, case title and full text. 


  • Treaties in Force
    Treaties in Force

    Treaties in Force is published annually by the Department of State to provide information on treaties and other international agreements to which the United States has become a party as of January 1st in its most recent publication year. 

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