Selected Legal Resources
An increasing number of legal resources are available on the Internet. This page is designed to point you to some of those sources. However, it is not an exhaustive list of all resources available, and it is not meant as legal advice. The law library is not responsible for this information or the utilization thereof. The resources listed below are great places to begin researching a legal issue. However, they should not be your only source of information. For further assistance it would be best to consult an attorney.
The links in this section are to portals, collections of and links to information usually arranged in some sort of order. These links should help you get started with the legal research process. Resources include primary and secondary laws as well as other helpful sites.
FindLaw - www.findlaw.com One of the largest legal portals, FindLaw organizes their information first by target audience - business person, public, student, legal professional, etc. - then by subject area.
People's Law Library - www.peoples-law.org includes Maryland and Federal legal resources as well as resources for non-English speakers.
Virtual Chase Legal Research Guide - www.virtualchase.com/topics/legal_research_index.shtml provides access to legal research sites. These sites are arranged by subject and include case law and statutes as well as some information on how to perform research.
LawGuru's Internet Law Library - www.lawguru.com/ilawlib/index.html This site was "originally provided to the public courtesy of the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives, as part of the Counsel's mission to make the law - particularly the U.S. Code - available to the public." Currently, a private company hosts the material developed from the original site.
Cornell University's Legal Information Institute - www.law.cornell.edu/ Features many legal resources presented in a well organized manner. A great place to begin your research.
Free Case Searching
The following list consists of links to web sites that offer free searches for cases. However, the search capabilities on these sites tend to be very limited and the material available tends not to be as comprehensive as the West and Lexis databases you can freely search at the Law Library. When using these sites, always double check how far back the available material covers.
- Find A Case - www.findacase.com/
- LII Court Opinions - www.law.cornell.edu/soj.html
- FindLaw Cases and Codes - lp.findlaw.com/
- The Public Library of Law - lp.findlaw.com/
- American Bar Association - www.abanet.org/home.html
- Maryland State Bar Association - www.msba.org/index.htm
- Baltimore County Bar Association - www.bcba.org/
- Bar Association of Baltimore City - www.baltimorebar.org/
Revised October 28, 2013