David & Lorraine Cheng Library

William Paterson University of New Jersey

Legal Resources

Comprehensive Sites

Findlaw
A comprehensive guide to legal resources including practice, case law, codes, associations and law schools
http://www.findlaw.com
Guide to Law Online (Law Library of Congress)
Maintained by the U.S. Law Library of Congress for the Global Legal Information Network (GLIN), this site is a selective guide to free online sources of information about government and law worldwide. Includes indexes for the U.S., other countries, international and multinational bodies, and subjects in law. For additional online sources in law, see the Law Library of Congress Bookmarks page for legal resources on the internet.
http://www.loc.gov/law/guide/
Hieros Gamos: The Comprehensive Law and Government Portal
Specialized search engine and directory for over 11,000 web sites relating to law and government around the world. Includes international, national, and state government sites, legal news, bar assiciations, law schools, law firms, legal guides and related documents.
http://www.hg.org

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Case Law (General)

In addition to using FindLaw to locate case law, several law schools have been working to make opinions easily available for their students.

Cornell Legal Information Institute
Cornell offers hypertext versions of the U.S. Code, recent and historic opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court, a searchable database for opinions from all of the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals from 1995 to the present, recent opinions of the New York Court of Appeals and other legal materials.
http://www.law.cornell.edu/
FindLaw's U.S. Supreme Court Center
Part of the larger FindLaw site, this section focuses on Federal constitutional law and includes links to U.S. Supreme Court cases, the docket, the court rules and schedule, historical documents, case summaries, and other resources.
http://supreme.lp.findlaw.com/
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Opinions from the 3rd Circuit court of Appeals beginning 1994 to the present are available at the Villanova site sponsored by the Villanova Center for Information Law and Policy. New Jersey is located in the Third Circuit. Part of Villanova's useful Internet Legal Research Compass site.
http://vls.law.vill.edu/Locator/3/

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Federal Laws and Regulations

Code of Federal Regulations
The Code of Federal Regulations is a codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the Executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionCfr.action?collectionCode=CFR
Major Laws and Regulations Enforced by the Department of Labor
This page, hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor, conveniently organizes the major labor laws and regulations enforced by the Department under subject categories. An alphabetical list, and summaries and descriptions of the major laws are also available here.
http://www.dol.gov/dol/compliance/compliance-majorlaw.htm
United States Code (Office of the Law Revision Counsel)
The United States Code is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. You can search the Code using this site or download individual titles and chapters.
http://uscode.house.gov/

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New Jersey Laws and Courts

Legal Services of New Jersey - LAW
Legal Services of New Jersey seeks to secure equal substantive and procedural justice for all economically disadvantaged people. Their website provides links and self-help on topics such as debt, government aid, health care housing, immigration, senior citizens and the court system in general.
http://www.lsnjlaw.org/
Local Civil and Criminal Rules of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
The complete text of the District Court Rules, with recent revisions. Although the site has no search engine, there are links to each section of the text.
http://www.njd.uscourts.gov/LocalRules.html
New Jersey Digital Legal Library
Site hosted by the Rutgers-Newark Law Library currently includes a full-text archive of the New Jersey Administrative Reports [first series, 1979-1991] and the Governors' Executive Orders [from 1941 to January 1990], with more collections planned for the future. Please note that the documents on this site are provided in DjVu format, requiring that you download and install the DjVu plug-in software on your web browser.
http://njlegallib.rutgers.edu
New Jersey Rules of Court
The complete text of the New Jersey Rules of Court can be searched or browsed through this site, provided by the New Jersey Judiciary.
http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/rules/
New Jersey State Legislature
Locate information related to the bills and statutes New Jersey. Includes the State Constitution, the Legislative Calendar and information on members of the Legislature. Some documents require the Envoy Viewer. Instructions for downloading the viewer are also provided.
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/
Opinions of the New Jersey Courts
A full-text archive of the Opinions of the New Jersey Courts, including the Supreme Court (since March 1994) and the Appellate Division (since 1995). Part of the New Jersey Government and Legal Resources directory hosted by the Rutgers Law Library in Camden.
http://lawlibrary.rutgers.edu/search.html

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New Jersey Laws and Courts

New Jersey Municipal Codes Online
A directory of full-text muncipal codes online for New Jersey.
http://www.generalcode.com/webcode2.html#newj

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Reference Sources

Campus Legal Information Clearinghouse
Created by the Office of General Counsel at the Catholic University of America, this site is "a freely available collection of user-friendly compliance materials (such as Frequently Asked Questions, plain English explanations of the law, sample publications, videos and web tutorials from other institutions) to help all American college and university campuses enhance compliance with most major federal regulations applicable to higher education institutions."
http://counsel.cua.edu/
Duhaime's Law Dictionary
Online law dictionary provided as a public service by the Victoria, British Columbia (Canada) law firm of Duhaime & Company.
http://www.duhaime.org/LegalDictionary.aspx
LawOffice.com
Select "Consumer" from the opening page to access a large number of useful legal reference tools, including a lawyer directory, topic-oriented legal guides for each state, legal news, legal web links, and the Abridged 7th Edition of Black's Law Dictionary.
http://www.lawoffice.com/
Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Locator
Searchable directory allows you to locate lawyers by name, by location/area of practice, by firm, or for lawyers in corporations, agencies of the U.S. government, or law school faculty.
http://www.martindale.com/locator/home.html

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Student Legal Rights on Campus

Guides to Student Rights on Campus (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education)
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) works "to defend, sustain, and restore individual rights at America's colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience - the essential qualities of civil liberty and human dignity." To help advance its mission, FIRE has published the following book-length Guides to Student Rights on Campus (available in PDF format):

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Maintained by K. Malanga - Library Liaison to the Department of Accounting and Law
Last Updated: February 12, 2009