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Advertising & Marketing Law

Download Professors Rebecca Tushnet and Eric Goldman's casebook for $12.00.

Constitutional Law

BC Law Professor Vlad Perju published a 2016 e-book on constitutions of the world: Global Review of Constitutional Law. The e-book can also be downloaded in pdf format from SSRN. The book contains reports on constitutional issues and developments from 44 jurisdictions world-wide; reports are authored by local experts and academics. The 2017 edition, prepared by the Clough Center at Boston College in partnership with I-CONnect, is available on SSRN as well. 

Federal Cases

You can locate federal case law on open government sites as well as on Google Scholar:

1. U.S. Supreme Court - decisions from U.S. Supreme Court from v. 1, 1732 to date, available from Google Scholar.

2. U.S. Courts of Appeal - decisions from circuit courts from v. 1, F. 1932 to date. Note: last few months may not be available on Google Scholar but can be obtained on the individual circuit's website.

3. U.S. District Courts - decisions from U.S. District Courts beginning with v. 1, F.Supp., 1932 to date.  Last several months may not be available on Google Scholar but can be obtained on the individual court's website.

4. Caselaw Access Project offers a complete back file of federal case law. 

Federal Rules

1. CALI (Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction) has posted the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence to its site.  The rules are part of the the eLangdell Bookstore at https://www.cali.org/the-elangdell-bookstoreThese rules publications are free to download as are all books in the CALI bookstore and are available in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI formats to suit your favorite e-readers. BC Law students may register for free access to CALI. Student access codes are available at the Law Library's Information Desk.

2. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts posts current rules of practice and procedure in pdf format. The same site offers access to superseded rules pamphlets. 

Federal Statutes and U.S. Code

U.S. Code - available free in authenticated format on Government Publishing Office GovInfo website; text is in pdf format.  U.S.C. is also available on website of the  Office of Law Revision Counsel with recent updates.

Statutes at Large - available from 104th Congress (1995) forward on Government Publishing Office GovInfo website; text is authenticated and in pdf format. Earlier coverage is available using the Law Library's HeinOnline subscription (select HeinOnline and log in using your BC credentials); statutes are in pdf format.

Federal Tax

Intellectual Property

Duke University publishes a series of coursebooks for law students. The first title in the series is Intellectual Property: Law and the Information Society. The text can be downloaded for free under a Creative Commons license. Users can acquire individual chapters in different formats, including a print copy of the text for a modest fee. Duke characterizes its paperback format as $130 less than other leading IP casebooks.

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Founded by Professor Peter S. Menell from UC Berkeley School of Law, Clause 8 takes its name from the so-called Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Professor Menell co-authors his affordable course materials with other professors and practitioners; his Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age (IPNTA) casebook was published through a major publisher previously.  Clause 8 offers a major intellectual property casebook, a statutes supplement, and a guide on patent case management directed towards federal judges and clerks. Pricing is less than $30 per volume; the first 2 chapters of the casebook are posted to SSRN for preview purposes. 

 

Internet Law

Professor Goldman offers his 2018 casebook through Gumroad Press.

Professional Responsibility

Professional Responsibility: An Open-Source Casebook

This is an open source textbook authored by Brian L. Frye, University of Kentucky - College of Law and  Elizabeth Schiller, University of Richmond - William Taylor Muse Law Library

Date Written: April 8, 2019; 854 Pages Posted: 13 May 2019

Authors' statement: This casebook is licensed “Creative Commons 0 / No Rights Reserved.” That means that we explicitly disclaim any copyright claim in all of the original elements that we created in writing this casebook and have intentionally placed the casebook in the public domain. Because this casebook is in the public domain, you can use the materials in it in any way that you like, with or without attribution. Of course, the casebook contains many copyrighted elements that belong to other people and that we used pursuant to fair use. Those elements are still protected by copyright.

We hope that this free casebook helps show that it is possible to create teaching materials for legal education in an open-source format. And we hope it makes access to the law governing legal practice more accessible to law students, attorneys, and anyone interested in the regulation of the legal profession."

Property

Open Source Property is a free downloadable casebook authored by Stephen Clowney, James Grimmelman, Michael Grynberg, Jeremy Sheff, and Rebecca Tushnet. The site includes a teacher's manual and slides tied to the various modules. 

 

 

State Primary Law

State case law: available from Google Scholar from 1950 to present. Caselaw Access Project offers more complete backfiles. 

State statutory codes: available on the individual state's website; may not be the official edition.

State session laws:  available from state website for recent years; historic session laws available in pdf format using the Law Library's LLMC database (log in using your BC credentials)

Trademark Law

Professor Barton Beebe of NYU Law has posted an open casebook for trademark law.

University of Washington Symposium on Open Casebooks

A 2015 symposium hosted by U. Wash. School of Law, titled Disruptive Legal Publishing Models, featured several papers on affordable course materials, accessible below.