Selected Law Resources

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Bar Associations | Forms | International Law | Legal Directories | Municipal Law | New York | Non-Governmental Sites | State Law | U.S. Government Sponsored Sites
Last reviewed: November 20, 2013
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Bar Associations

American Bar Association (ABA)
In addition to information about current legal events, this site includes information about issues in law, legislative and governmental activity, practice issues, legal ethics, standards, and also includes current and past issues of the ABA Journal.
http://www.americanbar.org/aba.html

New York City Bar Association
This site provides information on pro bono work, continuing education, law libraries, association services and events, technical support, and publications. Also available are resources for the public such as a lawyer referral service, legal clinic information, complaint information and the City Bar Justice Center.  Also provides access to the full text of reports and issues of the association's journal, The Record.
http://www.nycbar.org/

New York State Bar Association
This site provides information about law practice in New York State such as legislative requests, some full text periodical and newsletter articles, forums, and news.  Information about continuing education, association events, and attorney resources is also provided.
http://www.nysba.org

Forms

American Law Sources Online: New York Forms
This site provides New York City property, business, and excise tax forms for tax years 1996 to the present, New York Northern District court forms, New York living will proxy forms, estate planning, probate, financial, business, and real estate forms.
http://www.lawsource.com/also/usa.cgi?ny#X1Q

FindLaw: Forms
This site provides free federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy forms in pdf format, and state courts' forms for over 30 states. A forms exchange message board allows visitors to post form requests online.
http://forms.lp.findlaw.com/

Internet Legal Resource Guide Forms Archive
Generic forms available on this site include forms for buying and selling, credit and collection, employment, leases and tenancies, loans and borrowing, personal and family, transfers and assignments, and more.
http://www.ilrg.com/forms/index.html

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance: Forms and Instructions
The Department of Taxation and Finance provides free New York State tax forms on this site.
http://www.tax.ny.gov/forms/default.htm

New York State Unified Court System: Court Forms
This site provides forms for the Supreme Court, Family Court, Surrogates Court, all Domestic Violence Courts, and more.  Also available is information about filing fees at the town, city and state levels.
http://www.nycourts.gov/forms/index.shtml

United States Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
The second circuit includes all federal courts within the states of New York, Connecticut and Vermont; second circuit forms are available via the clerks office link.
http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/

USlegalforms.com
This site provides free federal forms, legal letter templates and links to state specific Secretary of State forms.  Also available are form packages for categories such as marriage, identity theft, bankruptcy, wills, real estate and more.
http://www.uslegalforms.com/freeforms.htm

WashLaw WEB
Washburn University School of Law provides links to different law form sites, including form archives, fee-based archives, federal and state tax forms, federal, state, and bankruptcy court forms, general business forms, trademark forms, UCC forms, workers compensation and labor department forms.
http://www.washlaw.edu/legalforms/

International Law

The American Society of International Law
The resources section of this society's site includes the ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law, which contains resources organized into categories such as human rights, criminal law, economic law, intellectual property and more. Also available is EISIL, a searchable index of international law web sites and resources covering such international topics as criminal law, communications, environmental law, human rights, the use of force and more.
http://www.asil.org

Canadian Legal Information Institute
Similar to Cornell's Legal Information Institute, this site provides access to statutes, regulations and court decisions on the Federal and Provincial level.
http://www.canlii.org/

Constitution Finder
This database from the University of Richmond School of Law offers constitutions, charters, amendments, and other related documents for countries around the world. Browsable by country. Includes links to texts in languages other than English.
http://confinder.richmond.edu

Cornell Legal Information Institute(LII) - Global
The LII collection of world legal materials gathers, country by country, continent by continent, the Internet-accessible sources of the constitutions, statutes, judicial opinions, and related legal material from around the globe.  It also holds resources and document collections of international law.
http://www.law.cornell.edu/world/

ECOLEX | en Español
This international database provides searchable information on environmental law throughout the world.  Resources include national legislation, court decisions, international journal articles, web sites and treaty information.
http://www.ecolex.org/indexen.php

Global Legal Information Network(GLIN)
GLIN, provided through the Law Library of Congress, is a public database of laws, regulations, judicial decisions and other complementary legal sources for jurisdictions spanning the globe.
http://www.glin.gov/

International Law Guide
This collection of articles, links, news and resources provides information on international law organized by type of resource. The Comparative & Foreign Law guide provides resources on international law organized by country.
http://www.llrx.com/international_law.html

Lex Mercatoria
This searchable index of international law materials includes international organizations, laws, rules, treaties, conventions and more.  Information is organized into categories such as trade law, electronic commerce, criminal law, tax and financial law, economic law and more.
http://www.jus.uio.no/lm/

The Multilaterals Project
An ongoing project at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, to make available the texts of multilateral conventions and other international instruments.  The collections includes treaties in the fields of human rights, the environment, commerce and trade, laws of war and arms control, and other areas.  Most of the texts date from 1945, but the collection also includes some historical texts, from the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia to the Covenant of the League of Nations.
http://fletcher.archive.tusm-oit.org/multilaterals/

New York University School of Law: Guide to Foreign and International Legal Databases
This index of international law sites and databases was created by the Law Library at New York University School of Law.  Resources are annotated and organized into categories such as commission, council of europe, copyright, taxation, treaties, constitutions and more. 
http://www.law.nyu.edu/library/foreign_intl/

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights en Español
Full text of international human rights instruments, including the Geneva Conventions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other covenants and agreements.
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Pages/WelcomePage.aspx

Legal Directories

These search tools allow for searching of individual attorneys or law schools.

The Association of American Law Schools: Member Schools (U.S.)  
This site provides a list of The Association of American Law School's members, as well as non-member schools.
http://www.aals.org/about_memberschools.php

Attorney Find  
This site allows users to search for an attorney by state and practice area, as well as browsing attorneys using practice area categories.
http://www.attorneyfind.com

Attorney Locate
This site allows the user to search for attorneys by state, city and region in the United States and Canada.
http://www.attorneylocate.com

Find Law: Lawyer Directory
This site allows users to find attorneys by location as well as by legal issue.  Resources providing information on hiring lawyers are also available.
http://www.findlaw.com/

LawInfo Attorney Directory
This site allows users to search for attorneys by name, law firm, state and area of law.
http://www.lawinfo.com/

Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Locator
The Lawyer Locator allows users to find the credentials of both attorneys and law firms.  Searching by name, law firm, and city/state is available as is browsing by practice area and location.
http://www.martindale.com/Find-Lawyers-and-Law-Firms.aspx

Municipal Law

Municipal Code Corporation
This siteprovides codes from many states, and limited coverage of some New York municipalcodes.  Electronic and printed publications are also available for purchase.
http://www.municode.com/

Municipal Codification
This site provides selected municipal codes from General Code Publishers, who is the hard-copy publisher of many states' town, city and village codes.  New York State municipal codes for many cities, towns and villages are also available.
http://www.generalcode.com/webcode2.html

New York

American Law Sources Online: New York
This site includes links to cases from the Court of Appeals, Supreme Court Appellate Division, selected trial court decisions, administrative law sources, law commentary, journal articles, city codes, charters & ordinances (where available), forms, rules of practice and state and local bar associations.
http://www.lawsource.com/also/usa.cgi?ny

Guide to New York State Agency Rules and Regulations
A number of New York State agencies provide links to the rules and regulations of their agency. This information is provided by the New York State Department of State. A link to the New York State Register is also available.
http://www.dos.ny.gov/info/nycrr.html

Law.com New York
This site provides content from the New York Law Journal, regional news briefs, and a NYS legal guide for non-lawyers. Also available are court decisions, judges' profiles, courts' and judges' rules, and bar exam results as well as the American Lawyer's list of the nation's 100 highest-grossing law firms. Subscription is required for some New York Law Journal content.
http://www.law.com/jsp/nylj/index.jsp

New York Court Help en Español
This site provides court addresses and telephone numbers, information about what kinds of cases are tried where, court procedures, and court manager contract information. Also available is information about common court related questions relating to family, civil and criminal law, a legal term glossary, and a directory of law libraries. Official court forms for family, divorce and civil law are available for download and the site also includes a lawyer locator service.
http://www.nycourthelp.gov/

New York State Office of Court Administration
This site is the Office of Court Administration's Decisions page.  Provides access to Court of Appeals, Appellate Divisions, trial courts and Court of Claims decisions.
http://www.courts.state.ny.us/decisions/index.shtml

New York State Assembly
Legislative reports, member information, committee updates and grants action news are available from this site.  Also available is the Assembly Legislative Information System which contains bills, laws, and the New York State constitution. http://assembly.state.ny.us/

New York State Attorney General: Opinions
This site provides the legal opinions, press releases, speeches and reports from the attorney general's office.
http://www.ag.ny.gov/bureaus/appeals_opinions/search_intro.html

New York State Comptroller: Legal Opinions
Legal opinions, press releases, reports, and other information from the state comptroller's office is available from this site.
http://www.osc.state.ny.us/legal/index.htm

New York State Court of Appeals
This site provides information on the Court of Appeals including the history of the court, biographical information about judges, latest decisions for the current year, rules of the court, and some documents such as the State of the Courts.
http://www.courts.state.ny.us/ctapps/

New York State Department of State: Legal Memoranda
Legal memoranda on topics including cemetery regulations, corporations, land use and zoning, local government, licensing services, rule making, and more is provided from the Office of Counsel site.
http://www.dos.state.ny.us/cnsl/counsel.htm

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance: Publications
Downloadable publications available from this site include advisory opinions, memos, notices from 1985-2002, and policy and statistical reports.  Publications are organized by number and by tax type such as corporation, income, highway use, estate, petroleum business, sales and more.
http://www.tax.ny.gov/pubs_and_bulls/

New York State Education Department: Decisions
This site provides access to the decisions of the Commissioner of Education from July 1991 to the present.
http://www.counsel.nysed.gov/Decisions/

New York State Senate
This site provides a Senator directory by zip code and biographical information on state senators.  Bills and laws, some Senate reports, Senate rules, and the New York State Constitution are also available here.
http://www.senate.state.ny.us/

New York State Supreme Court Decisions
This web page provides links to New York State court decisions.  The "Trial Courts (Civil & Criminal)" link allows access to Supreme Court Civil and Criminal court decisions from 2001 to the present for many New York State counties.
http://www.courts.state.ny.us/decisions/index.shtml

New York State Unified Court System en Español
This homepage of the New York State Courts includes links to civil, criminal and town and village courts as well as forms, law libraries throughout the state.  Also available are reports, publications, directories and handbooks. Links from the library section lead to the New York State Constitutions from 1777 to 1894 as well as information about the 1938 and 1967 constitutional conventions.
http://www.courts.state.ny.us

Non-Governmental Sites

American Law Sources Online
Produced by American Law Sources, Inc., this site provides an overview of United States, Canadian, and Mexican law. The introduction to the legal system is available in French and Spanish for all three countries.
http://www.lawsource.com/also/

The Avalon Project at Yale Law School
This site provides digital Law, History, Economics, Politics and Diplomacy documents from before the 18th century to the present. The digital collection includes linked supporting documents throughout document collections such as the Nuremburg Trials, the American Revolution, Presidential Papers, United State Statutes and more.  Also available is Project Diana, an archive of human rights documents and cases as well as the Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal.
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/default.asp

CongressLink
Primarily created for teachers of American government and civics, this site provides information on congress members, policies, leaders, the creation of laws, and congress itself.  Teacher resources include lesson plans, webquests, online textbooks, rubrics, links to web sites, historical information and "Expert View" essays on relevant topics.
http://www.congresslink.org/

FindLaw
This subject directory provides resources and information on court decisions and cases, news, career development, directories of law firms and organizations, and federal, state, and other forms.  Resources are organized into topic categories such as traffic violations, real estate, accidents & injuries, criminal law, employee rights, immigration, small business and more.
http://www.findlaw.com

Freedominfo.org
This site provides a portal to material about freedom of information laws worldwide. Information is organized into "Country Pages" which provide specific freedom of information historical overviews as well as new developments in many countries. The site also includes David Banisar's survey of freedom of information laws in 45 countries, case studies, news releases, reports, and analysis.
http://www.freedominfo.org

Gavel2Gavel
This legal directory includes annotated links to law resources that have been organized into such categories as: law office management, codes & statutes, bar associations, legal humor, employment, courts & opinions, historical law and more.  International law, court opinions, and municipal law are particular strengths. The ancient laws section leads to such things as the full text of the Code of Hammurabi, Roman law, the law of William the Conqueror, the Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact, Articles of Confederation, Declaration of Independence, and U.S. Constitution.
http://www.re-quest.net/g2g/index.htm

Hieros Gamos en Español
This legal directory includes links to United Nations documents international, employment resources areas of practice,  law schools, online journals, seminars, books, and legal forms.  Also available are federal and state legal associations, reference materials such as dictionaries and yellow pages and law firm, lawyer, expert witness, court reporter and investigator locator services.
http://www.hg.org/

JURIST: The Legal Education Network
This site, created by a University of Pittsburgh law professor provides recent legal news stories, articles, forums, videos, blogs and more.  Information is organized alphabetically into topics such as terrorism law, immigration, voting rights and more.  Separate International and U.S. versions provide different content, articles and resources.
http://www.jurist.org/

Law and Policy Institutions Guide
This site contains links to legal resources, international materials, law study, law journals, treaties, continuing legal education resources, associations, forms, books, law libraries, consumer information, reference materials, and news.
http://www.lpig.org

LawGuru
This site includes the following features: a searchable bulletin board of more than 4,000 legal messages, frequently asked questions on legal issues, a directory of legal search engines, and a directory of electronic mailing lists. LawGuru is now a host for the Internet Law Library of the House of Representatives.
http://www.lawguru.com

Legal Information Institute at Cornell
This database of full-text recent and historic Supreme Court decisions, U.S. legal documents, New York State Court of Appeals information from 1990 to the present, and other state-level documents also provides access to The Cornell Law Review.
http://www.law.cornell.edu/index.html

WashLawWeb
Washburn University School of Law's extensive guide to legal resources on the internet includes topics such as state and federal laws, law schools, law libraries, a full-text search of several law journals, discussion groups and course materials.
http://www.washlaw.edu/

Wex: Legal Dictionary and Encyclopedia
This legal dictionary and encyclopedia is provided by Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute.
http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/

State Law

Legal Information Institute: Law by Source - State
From Cornell Law School, this site provides links, Internet-accessible sources of the constitutions, statutes, judicial opinions, and regulations for the fifty states, plus D.C., and the U.S. territories and affiliated jurisdictions.
http://www.law.cornell.edu/states/index.html

National Council of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
This site, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School provides current information on selected uniform acts, including press releases and legislative information. Full text drafts and final texts of the uniform state laws is available as well.
http://uniformlaws.org/

U.S. Government Sponsored Sites

Congress.gov
This site contains searchable interfaces to federal bills, public laws, the Congressional Record, and federal committee reports. Bill summaries and public laws are available from the 93rd session of Congress (1973-74) to the present session of Congress. Bill text is available from the 101st session of Congress (1989-90) to the present. Information about members of Congress is also included.
http:/congress.gov

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
This Department of Justice site provides publications, grant information, news, statistics and answers to questions about the justice system, corrections, courts, drugs, juvenile justice, law enforcement, victims, crime prevention and crime.  Many publications are downloadable in PDF format, some are available for purchase.
http://www.ncjrs.gov/

United States Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
The second circuit includes all federal courts within the states of New York, Connecticut and Vermont.  Information about judges' names, forms, decisions, circuit executive's office, and the judicial council is available, related links are also provided.
http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov

United States Department of Justice
The Department of Justice website includes the full text of reports such as the U.S. Attorney General's Report, selected Appellate briefs, memoranda, and opinions. Other topics covered include youth, community support and grants, FOIA, business, employment, and fugitives and missing persons.
http://www.justice.gov/

United States Federal Judiciary Home Page
The U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeal and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, U.S. District Courts, U.S. Tax Court, Court of Federal Claims, Court of Veterans Appeals and the Court of International Trade are represented on this site.
http://www.uscourts.gov

United States Sentencing Commission
The USSC is an independent agency in the judicial branch of government. Its principal purpose is to establish sentencing policies and practices for the federal courts, including detailed guidelines prescribing the appropriate form and severity of punishment for offenders convicted of federal crimes.
http://www.ussc.gov

Last Updated: March 17, 2014