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Legal History Resources

A guide to the Boston College Law Library's legal history resources and other resources available for free.

An Introduction to Legal History Research

Photograph of historic legal document


The study of legal history looks at changes over time in laws, legal systems, societal perspectives on the law, and the role of law in preserving order within civilizations.

Boston College Law Library has a rich collection of historical legal materials in the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room and a strong collection of print and online legal history resources. This guide aims to help users locate those resources, as well as the many resources that are freely available online. 

Guide Directory

This guide contains summaries of various legal history resources available to BC Law students, faculty, and staff, along with some online resources availble free to the public.

Legal History Roundtable

The Boston College Law School Legal History Roundtable draws on Boston College Law School’s and Boston College’s strength and interest in legal history. The Roundtable offers an opportunity for Boston College faculty and faculty from other area institutions, students, and members of the Boston College community to meet and discuss a pre-circulated paper in legal history. Meeting several times each semester, the Roundtable seeks to promote an informal, collegial atmosphere of informed discussion.