Philosophy of Law
Peter Suber, Philosophy Department, Earlham College
- Legal dictionaries
- Philosophy of law
- Primary sources of U.S. law
- Secondary sources
- International law
- Legal search engines
- Thinking about law school
There are hundreds of good web pages which collect links to U.S. law. The only excuse for me to make another one is to customize it for (1) undergraduate students (2) studying law as a liberal art (3) in Indiana (4) for my course, Philosophy of Law. I hope I've selected links that get you where you most want to go. Let me know if you find others I should include.
- American Standard Law Dictionary. Searchable. If you misspell the word you enter, you'll be shown a list of close words.
- Black's Law Dictionary. Not the whole book, but useful excerpts.
- Lawyers.com Glossary of Legal Terms. From Martindale-Hubbell. Based on the 1996 Merriam-Webster Dictionary of Law.
- Glossary of Legal Terms. From Court TV Online.
- 'Lectric Law Lexicon. From the 'Lectric Law Library.
- Legal Dictionary. From the World Wide Legal Information Association.
- Shark Talk: Everybody's Law Dictionary. From Nolo Press.
Philosophy of law
- American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics. St. Louis University.
- Institute of Medicine, Law, and Ethics. University of Liverpool.
- International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy
- Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism. In Austin.
- Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Science (ELSI) Project. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
- Feminist Theory and Feminist Jurisprudence on the WWW. From Kim Dayton.
- ASLME Briefings. Newsletter of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics.
- Annual Review of Law and Ethics / Jahrbuch für Recht und Ethik. Only tables of contents online.
- Basileus. "An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for the Philosophy of Law." Full-text online.
- Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics. Only tables of contents online.
- Law and Philosophy
- Law and Social Inquiry. "For research and critical commentary spanning law and sociology, economics, history, philosophy, and other social sciences."
- Philosophy and Law. From the American Philosophical Association.
- Legal Theory
- Ratio Juris. "An International Journal of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law."
- Utilitas. An interdisciplinary journal of moral and political philosophy, economic theory, jurisprudence, and intellectual history. No online content.
- Law and Economics Resources. From FindLaw.
- Legal Ethics. From Legalethics.com.
Primary Sources of U.S. Law
Federal State Con-
U.S. Constitution. From the Library of Congress.
U.S. Constitution. From Cornell University.
U.S. Constitution. From the Perfect Union Project.
State Constitutions. From Harbornet.
Indiana Constitution. From Indiana University.
Statutes U.S. Code. Searchable. From the House of Representatives.
U.S. Code. Searchable. From Cornell University.
State Statutes. From Cornell Law School.
State Statutes. From "Scruffy".
Indiana Code. Searchable. From the State of Indiana.
Cases U.S. Federal Courts. Searchable.
U.S. Federal Courts. From the Center for Information Law and Policy.
U.S. Federal Courts. From Superior Information Services.
U.S. Federal Courts. From VersusLaw. Searchable.
Federal District-Court Civil Trials. From Theodore Eisenberg & Kevin M. Clermont.
Supreme Court cases. Searchable. From Cornell University.
Supreme Court cases. From FindLaw.
USSC+. U.S. Supreme Court cases. From InfoSynthesis.
Oyez Oyez Oyez. Oral arguments before the Supreme Court in RealAudio. From Northwestern University.
State Courts. From the National Center for State Courts.
State Court Directory. From Piper Resources.
State Court Locator. From the Center for Information Law and Policy.
Courts.Net State Courts. From Superior Information Services.
Indiana Judicial System. From the State of Indiana. Includes links to Indiana judicial opinions.
Indiana Judicial Decisions. From Indiana University.
Regs Code of Federal Regulations. Searchable and browsable. From the GPO.
Federal Agencies and Commissions. From The White House.
Indiana Administrative Code. From the State of Indiana. Bills Thomas. From the Library of Congress. Indiana Bills. From the State of Indiana.
- Collections of primary U.S. law
- American Law Sources On-Line. From LawSource.
- CapWeb. General guide to federal law.
- CataLaw. From Dov Wisebrod.
- Center for Information Law and Policy. I like the frameless version better.
- FindLaw. Comprehensive, clear, searchable.
- Hieros Gamos. Large, independent collection of legal links. Searchable.
- Internet Legal Resource Guide. From the ILRG.
- The 'Lectric Law Library. Thorough, accessible, light-hearted.
- LeFlaw's Virtual Law Library. From Lawrence Feldman. He has a second page of federal law.
- Internet Law Library. From the U.S. House of Representatives.
- Legal Information Institute. From Cornell University Law School.
- RefLaw. "The Virtual Law Library Reference Desk." From Washburn University School of Law. Washburn offers more at WashLaw WEB.
- World Wide Web Virtual Law Library. From Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington.
- Yahoo Law Guide
- Relevant to primary U.S. law
- Directory of Electronic Public Access Services. No links. Description of kinds of internet access to federal court information, with timetables and phone numbers.
- E.politics. "Tracking Legislation and Regulation."
- The Federal Judicial Center. From the FJC.
- Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. From the FMCS.
- Humanitarian Law Database. From the International Committee of the Red Cross.
- The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Official site for drafts of uniform and model state laws.
- State and Local Governments. From Piper Resources. Searchable.
- State and Local Governments. From the National Association of State Information Resource Executives. Also sponsors StateSearch for state law and governmental information.
- U.S. Attorney General's Office. From the DOJ.
- U.S. Department of Justice. From the DOJ.
- U.S. Office of Special Counsel. From the Government Printing Office.
- U.S. Sentencing Commission. From the USSC.
- The White House. From the White House.
- American Bar Association. Larger than you'd think, lots of subdivisions on different branches of law.
- Animal Rights Law Center. Rutgers University School of Law.
- CourtLink. Access to federal court documents beyond judicial opinions, e.g. dates, filings, motions, parties. Not free.
- DIANA. International Human Rights Database.
- Encyclopedia of Law and Economics. From the University of Ghent.
- Famous Cases. Mostly recent cases, like O.J. Simpson, Timothy McVeigh, and Ted Kaczynski. From Court TV.
- KnowX. Searchable public records, including court documents. (Not free.)
- Finding a Lawyer. Who you gonna call?
- ABA Network Lawyer Locator. From the American Bar Association and Martindale-Hubbell.
- Lawyer Referral Services. Organized by state. From the American Bar Association.
- Locate a Lawyer with Lawyers.com. From Martindale-Hubbell. Not just a lawyer referral service, but also a good introduction to law and source of legal news.
- West's Legal Directory. Search for a lawyer.
- Gender and the Law. From Vernellia R. Randall.
- Government Information Exchange. Well-organized front end to federal government information. Searchable. From the General Service Administration.
- HALT. "An Organization of Americans for Legal Reform."
- Human Rights. From ForInt Law.
- Introduction to Basic Legal Citation. From Peter Martin. Based on the Harvard Bluebook.
- Jurist Law Professors on the Web. From Bernard Hibbitts.
- LawGuru. "Legal questions, answers, and research from attorneys." From the Eslamboly & Barlavi law firm.
- Law in Popular Culture. Special collection at the Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas at Austin.
- Law Journals
- Directory of Law Reviews. From Anderson Publishing Co. A long but dead list; no links.
- Legal Journals on the Web. From the University of Southern California Law School.
- Tables of Contents. Contents pages from 750+ law reviews and other scholarly journals. Gives current tables of contents but does not store past tables of contents. Searchable. From the Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas.
- Legal History
- ABA Museum of Law. Now featuring Famous Trials in American history. From the American Bar Association.
- Avalon Project. A major collection of historical documents on U.S. law. From Yale University.
- A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation. Documents on U.S. law from 1774-1873. From the Library of Congress.
- Documents for American Legal History. From Robert Palmer.
- Timetable of World Legal History. From the World Wide Legal Information Association.
- Western Legal Tradition Web Links. From Deirdre Golash.
- Legal News
- Legal Research
- ABA Legal Research Selected Starting Points. From the ABA.
- Guide to Legal Research on the Internet. From Glenn Bacal, for the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association.
- Legal Research. "On Paper and Online." From Nolo Press.
- Legal Research Guides. From the 'Lectric Law Library.
- Legal Research Using the Internet. From Lyonette Louis-Jacques. Another copy.
- Law-Related Mailing Lists. From Lyonette Louis-Jacques. Searchable from a separate page.
- Legal Databases. Links to a huge number of legal and governmental databases. From Internets.
- The Library of Congress
- Litigator's Law Library. Resources to help you be your own lawyer or to supervise your lawyer.
- National Association for Public Interest Law
- National Institute of Justice. "The Research and Development Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice."
- National Legal Center for the Public Interest
- Nolo's Legal Encyclopedia. From Nolo Press.
- Picturing Justice. Law as reflected in TV and film.
- Public Law Reading List
- Race and Racism in American Law. From Vernellia R. Randall.
- Supreme Court Justices. From Bethany Van Alstine.
- Supreme Court Justices. From Cornell University.
- USA Law Central. Legal FAQ's on many subjects.
- WebGator. "Investigative Resources on the Web." Many of the sources are in law and government.
- Constitution Finder. Find constitutions of other nations. From Robert Burger.
- Foreign and International Law Resources on the Internet. From Cornell University Law School.
- Foreign and International Law Web. From Washburn University.
- International Court of Justice. From the ICOJ.
- International Organizations. From the Union of International Associations.
- International Supreme Court Decisions. From Stein Schjolberg.
- International Website Appendix. Int'l law resources on a very large number of topics. From William Slomanson.
- Public International Law. From Francis Auburn.
- Treaties and International Law. From the U.S. House of Representatives.
- United Nations. From the UN.
- The World List. "Non-U.S. Law-Related Resources." From Makoto Ibusuki.
Legal Search Engines
- FedWorld. Search engines for federal government documents. From the U.S. Department of Commerce.
- FindLaw. Search primary law sources and law reviews. Includes LawCrawler for searching web sites, FindLaw for statutes and cases, and the University Law Review Project for law reviews. And more.
- Govbot. "Database of government web sites." Search more than half a million government and military documents. From The Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval.
- GPO Access. Access to mountains of legal and governmental information through searchable databases. From the Government Printing Office. See the similar search service from the University of California.
- GPO Pathway Services. One search box to cover all federal government web sites. From the Government Printing Office.
- Infomine. "Scholarly Internet Resource Collections." From the University of California at Riverside. Government documents both searchable and browsable.
- Jurist Search. Searches online articles, course pages, home pages, and other law-related web pages created by academics.
- The Law Engine. Legal searching plus a large collection of legal links.
- LawGuru Legal Research Page. Over 340 legal search engines. Assembled by the law firm of Eslamboly & Barlavi.
- Law Research. Good collection of legal search engines, for cases, legislation, and more.
- LawRunner. Thorough, web-wide legal searching.
- LegalSearch. A large number of legal search engines, but annoyingly spread across many pages. From SearchPower.
- Lexis. Legal searching on Earlham's account. This link only works from Earlham's on-campus network. Also see the special Lexis search engine for legal news, the general Lexis web page, and Earlham's own page of Lexis-Nexis Searching Tips.
- Legal Minds. Searchable archives of many legal mailing lists, from FindLaw.
- LOIS Law Library. Web-based rival of Lexis and WestLaw. Not free but some free demo searches.
- Meta-Index for U.S. Legal Research. A large number of search engines.
- Search-The-Law Good collection of legal search engines. Would deserve a red star but I've had access problems reaching its subpages.
- Sleuth Legal Search Engines. A very large number of law and government search engines.
- Verdict and Settlements Database. From Law Journal Extra.
- Law-Related Newsgroups. Long list but dead; no links. From Lyonette Louis-Jacques.
- The Legal Domain Network. Searching and read-only access. From the Center for Law and Computers.
- alt.activism.death-penalty. Death penalty activism.
- alt.censorship. First amendment issues.
- alt.discrimination. Equal protection.
- alt.freedom.of.information.act. FOIA.
- alt.law-enforcement. Law enforcement.
- alt.philosophy.law. Philosophy of law.
- alt.prisons. Prison issues.
- alt.privacy. Privacy.
- alt.society.civil-liberties. Civil liberties.
- alt.society.civil-liberty. Ditto.
- bit.listserv.lawsch-l. Law school.
- bit.listserv.ada-law. Americans with Disabilities Act.
- misc.int-property. Intellectual property.
- misc.legal. General.
- misc.legal.computing. Laws about computing.
- misc.legal.moderated. General but moderated.
- misc.taxes. Tax law.
- misc.taxes.moderated. Tax law, moderated.
Are you considering law school?
- Law School Admissions Council. The folks who bring you the LSAT.
- Law Schools
- Law School and LSAT Goodies. Helpful links for pre-law students.
- Law Student Blues. Helpful information. Anonymous.
- Law Student and Pre-Law Student Resources. University of Southern California Law School. Many useful links.
- Law Student Division of the American Bar Association. Relevant news in the Student Lawyer newspaper.
- Law Students Bitch and Moan Page. For a preview of what's coming. From Jesse Airaudi.
- LSAT Intelligent Solutions. Tips for the LSAT.
- LSU Pre-Law Society. From Louisiana State University. Very large collection of useful links.
- Pre-Law Advice. From Rice University. Very helpful.
- Pre-Law Handbook. University of Richmond. Very helpful.
- Pre-Law Information Page. University of Texas at El Paso. Helpful.
- Pre-Law Student Services. From the Internet Legal Resource Guide. Very good set of links.
- Preparation for Legal Education. From the The Pre-Law Committee of the section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association.
- The Student Law Centre. For a British perspective.
- The best law-related web sites according to Excite, according to Eye on the Web, according to Hot-Links, according to legal.online, according to Lunar Law Links, according to Magellan, according to NetGuide, according to Point Review, and according to WebScout.
- Canon Law. In the Anglican Communion. From the Ecclesiastical Law Society of America.
- Canon Law. In the Roman Catholic Church. From the Ecclesiastical Law Society of America.
- Cyberjury. Register to be a juror on a real case to be decided over the web. Your decision will help the lawyers decide whether to settle or take the case to a real jury.
- FindLaw's Page on Indiana Law. From FindLaw.
- Law Games. From Court TV Online.
- Lawyer's Committee for Human Rights
- Nolo Press Self-Help Law Center. Books and advice to help citizens solve their own legal problems.
- Overlawyered.com. "Chronicling the high cost of our legal system." From the Overlawyered Group.
- Lawyer Jokes and Legal Humor
- Dumb Criminals. From Andy Powell and Jeff Koon.
- The Dumbest Things Ever Said in Court
- The Green Bag. "An Entertaining Journal of Law."
- Lawyer Jokes. Anonymous.
- Lawyer Jokes. From Nolo Press.
- Lawyer Jokes. From Randy Scott.
- Lawyer Jokes Etcetera. Anonymous, but one of the best sites on the subject.
- Lawyer Jokes from the Rubber Room
- Lawyer Humour
- Tilt. "Exploring the Legal Mind." A humor magazine.
- World's Funniest Lawyer Jokes
- Weird Cases
- Weird Statutes
- Dumb Laws. Organized by state within the US and by country. But no citations, so assume that at least half are urban legends. From Jeff Koon and Andy Powell.
For philosophy links, see my Guide to Philosophy on the Internet.
Also see my courses on Crimes & Torts and Current Legal Events
See my policy on dead links.
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Department of Philosophy,
Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, 47374, U.S.A.
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