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Free Legal Research Resources

Whether you are working for a mega law firm or putting out your own shingle, why spend money on legal resources you can get for free? Locate legal information you can rely on using free web - but don't forget to evaluate what you find.

FDsys from GPO

The official site of the U.S. Government Printing Office.  Browse, retrieve by citation, or run a search for what you need.  Retrieve documents in text or PDF, or download bulk data with metadata.  Some newer documents are authenticated.


Official verions of federal regulations can be found at FDsys, but for a more convenient format try:

Legislative information from the Library of Congress includes bills, resolutions, activity in Congress, Congressional Record, schedules, calendars, committee information, presidential nominations, and treaties. More up-to-date than GPO Access for Congressional actions.

Law Revision Counsel

The Office of the Law Revision Counsel prepares and publishes the United States Code, which is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States.

Federal Courts

Court websites often contain some court decisions as well as valuable information about the court.