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Free Websites for Federal and State Legal Information

Free websites providing legal information

Federal Sources

Federal Sources


1.   American Memory, from the Library of Congress - - Statutes at Large are available on this site, 1789-1875


2.  FDsys, has authentic federal government information you can find the

Federal Register, Code of Regulations, bills, hearings, the Congressional Record, the US Code, Private

& Public Laws, Compilation of Presidential Documents, the Constitution, United States Supreme Court opinions, and a beta site for United States Court Opinions (District, Appellate, and Bankruptcy and other Federal Government sources).  Excellent resource for the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Contains opinions and briefs.


3.  The Oyez Project, has audio transcripts of the Supreme Court arguments from the 1968 term to 2010 term.  Other information is included on the site.


4.   Supreme Court of the United States’ page,  gives docket information, opinions, and oral arguments schedule from the United States Supreme Court.  Has links to the ABA website with selected briefs.


5.   The Federal Judiciary has a clickable map at which links to each federal court’s page. Most federal courts are on PACER, an electronic subscription services, for dockets, documents, and opinions.  A few still make opinions available for free, some may only have landmark or noteworthy cases on their site, whereas other courts, like the Seventh Circuit, have opinions and search capabilities.  Each court does have its own page with varying free content.


6.   Thomas, from the Library of Congress – one of the best sites for Federal legislative history.  Can search by congress, bill number, sponsor, and text. The roll call vote is also available.  Coverage from 1990 forward.  Has US Treaty information.


7.  Thomas is will no longer exist after 2014.,, will be in the new federal legislative site in 2015.


8.  Federal Regulations can be found at,!home

e-CFR is another site for federal regulations. is better for comments on regulations.