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Advertising & Marketing Law

Download Professors Rebecca Tushnet and Eric Goldman's casebook for $11.50.

Constitutional Law

BC Law Professors Richard Albert and Vlad Perju have published an 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.

Intellectual Property

Duke University is starting 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, which is available in a glossy paperback format for $29.99. Duke characterizes its paperback format as $130 less than other leading IP casebooks.


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, though his Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age (IPNTA) casebook was published through a major publisher previously.

Focused on Intellectual Property, Clause 8 offers a major casebook, statutes supplement, and a guide on patent case management directed towards federal judges and clerks.

Pricing: IP in the New Technological Age (IPNTA) (Vol. I, $25 and Vol. II, $30) and IP Statutes ($28).

Internet Law

Professor Goldman also offers his casebook at three different price points: PDF download from Gumroad at $8, Kindle copy at $9.99, and hard copy through CreateSpace at $20 + shipping.

Trademark Law

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

Federal Rules

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 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.

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.

Federal Statutes and U.S. Code

U.S. Code - available free in authenticated format on Government Publishing Office FDsys 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 FDsys website; text is authenticated and in pdf format.       Earlier coverage available using the Law Library's HeinOnline subscription (select HeinOnline and log in using your BC credentials); statutes are in pdf format.

State Primary Law

State case law: available from Google Scholar from 1950 to present.

State statutory codes: available on state 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)

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.