Dana’s Introduction to U.S. Law & Legal Research: Book & Wiki

Non-Exhaustive Glossary of Terms

  1. Researching a Dynamic Legal System Shaped by Long-Lasting Principles

  2. Introduction
  3. American Law Has Both an Abstract and a Concrete Facet; Only the Latter Constitutes the Object of Legal Research
  4. Legal Norms Are Dynamic — The Impact of Judicial and Congressional Scrutiny
  5. Judicial and Congressional Review of Statutory Rules
  6. Judicial and Congressional Review of Court Decisions
  7. Judicial Review of Administrative Decisions
  8. The U.S. Legal System and Its Lawmaking Institutions
  9. The U.S. Legal System-A Common Law System
  10. The Lawmaking Branches of the Government
  11. Federal and State Legislatures
  12. Federal and State Courts
  13. Federal Courts
  14. State Courts
  15.  The Executive Branch. Independent Administrative Agencies
  16. The President
  17. The Vice President
  18. The Cabinet
  19. Independent Agencies
  20. Conclusion
  21. Basic Principles of Legal Research
  22. On Secondary Sources
  23. The How, When, and Why of Each Type of Secondary Sources – Research-Aid Tools
  24. Legal Dictionaries
  25. Citations Guides
  26. Legal Research Guides
  27. The How, When, and Why of Each Type of Secondary Sources – Finding-Aid Tools
  28. Library Catalogs and More
  29. Index to Legal Periodicals and More
  30. Finding-Aid Tools Exercise
  31. The How, When, and Why of Each Type of Secondary Sources – Legal Scholarship and Other Legal Commentaries and Analysis
  32. Treatises and Other Legal Monographs
  33. Law Review Articles
  34. Other Sources of Legal Commentary and Analysis
  35. On Primary Sources
  36. Primary Sources & Their Repositories: The How, When, and Why of Each Type of Primary Source Repositories
  37. Finding Repositories of Primary Sources
  38. The Federal Constitution and Its Multiple Repositories
  39. Repositories of Federal and State Statutory Law and of Municipal Ordinances
  40. Locating Repositories of Federal or State Case Law
  41. Locating Repositories of Administrative Rules, Regulations, and Decisions
  42. Identifying Specific Primary Sources Within Specific Legal Repositories
  43. Completing Your Research
  44. Statutory Law: What It Is, Where It Is, and How You Find It
  45. Introduction to Statutory Law
  46. The Legislative Process and Its Constitutional Boundaries
  47. The Legislative Process. Brief Review
  48. Identifying the Sources of Statutory Law
  49. The Constitution of the United States
  50. Federal Statutes
  51. State Constitutions and Statutes
  52. Municipal Ordinances
  53. Applying Legislation: Interpreting Statutes
  54. The “Plain Meaning Rule”
  55. Interpreting Statutes in Light of Their Legislative History
  56. The Purposive Analysis: The “Social Purpose” Rule
  57. How to Locate Statutory Law
  58. Exercise on how to find a statute by its citation
  59. Exercise on how to use the Popular Names Table
  60. Exercise on how to use the index of any federal statutory codification
  61. Completing Your Statutory Research
  62. Case Law: What It Is, Where It Is, and How You Find It
  63. Introduction to Case law Research
  64. Court Opinions – The End Result of a Lawsuit
  65. The Pleading Stage
  66. The Discovery Stage
  67. The Trial Stage
  68. The Verdict
  69. The Appeal Stage
  70. Case Law-The Principle of Stare Decisis
  71. How Does the Principle of Stare Decisis Work?
  72. The Heading
  73. Facts
  74. Procedural History
  75. Legal Issue(s)
  76. Holding(s) or Decision(s)
  77. Reasoning or Dicta
  78. Separate (Dissenting) Opinions
  79. Problems with Stare Decisis
  80. The Structure of an Opinion Is a Gray Zone
  81. Identifying the Factually Similar Cases
  82. Repositories of Case Dockets and Case Law
  83. Practice Exercise – Repositories of Case law
  84. How to Locate Case Law
  85. Practice Exercise – Case law Research
  86. Completing Your Case law Research
  87. Administrative Law: What It Is, Where It Is, and How You Find It
  88. Introduction to Administrative Law Research
  89. Administrative Rulemaking or Rule Promulgation
  90. Administrative Adjudication
  91. Repositories of Administrative Law
  92. Agency Websites
  93. How to Locate Specific Primary Sources of Administrative Law
  94. Practice exercise – finding all regulations on a specific topic
  95. Completing Your Research – Make Sure Your Administrative Law Results Are Still Good Law
  96. U.S. Law and International Law
  97. Introduction to Public International Law – Actors, Roles and Rules
  98. How to Research Treaties
  99. How to Research Cases from International Courts
  100. How to Research Customary Law
  101. How to Research La Doctrine
  102. Introduction to Private International Law – Actors, Roles and Rules
  103. US Enforcement of Foreign Arbitration Awards
  104. US Enforcement of Foreign Judgments
  105. Final Conclusion – Legal Research Is Cyclical and only Temporarily Finished


Statutory Research Practice Exercise #1 – Dacia’s Answer
Statutory Research Practice Exercise #2 – Dacia’s Answer