Introduction to U.S. Law and Legal Research

Non-Exhaustive Glossary of Terms

Researching a Dynamic Legal System Shaped by Long-Lasting Principles


On Secondary Sources - The How, When and Why Explained
  1. Introduction to Case Law Research: Searching for the Binding Opinions 
  2. Court Opinions -The End Result of a Lawsuit and Its Docketed Record – Represents Case Law
  3. What Makes Case Law Research Crucial in the U.S. Legal System? The Principle of Stare Decisis
  4. Researching Case Law:

    Exercises on how to locate a case by its citation
    Exercises on how to locate a case by the names of the parties
    Exercises on how to search /use digital databases

  5. Completing Case Law Research
Know What You Research: What Administrative Law Is, Where It Is, and How to Find It
  1. Introduction to Administrative Law Research: Researching Administrative Rulemaking (Rules) and Administrative Adjudication (Decisions)
  2. (Federal and State) Repositories of Administrative Law
  3. How to Locate Specific Primary Sources of Administrative Law
  4. Completing Administrative Law Research

TO BE CONTINUED with U.S. Law in the International Arena

Introduction to Public International Law – Actors, Roles and Rules

How to Research Treaties

How to Research Cases from International Courts

How to Research Customary Law

How to Research La Doctrine

Introduction to Private International Law – Actors, Roles and Rules

US Enforcement of Foreign Arbitration Awards

US Enforcement of Foreign Judgments

Final Conclusion – Legal Research Is Cyclical and only Temporarily Finished

Appendix: Statutory Research Practice Exercise #2 – Dacia’s Answer