General Legal Research Sites:
 Free and Commercial

Part of LLSDC's Legislative Source Book

General Legal Research - Selected Free Sites

All Law (gateway to many legal Internet sites)

Cornell's Legal Information Institute (includes browseable U.S. Code)

DRAGNET: Search of Free Legal Databases (Custom Google search by NY Law School)

Duke Univ. School of Law Library (includes Reference Resources and Research Guides)

FindLaw - by Thomson Reuters (pages for the public & legal professionals, see Cases & Codes)

Georgetown University Law Library (library catalog, excellent Research Guides, other resources)

Google Scholar (option to search thousands of legal articles and court opinions)

GovInfo (authenticated U.S. gov docs - USC, Fed. Reg., Cong. Rec., court opinions, etc.) (worldwide legal directories and other resources)

Justia (has searchable Federal court cases back to 1920's, USC, CFR, and more) (legal forms, dictionary, articles, asked and answered questions)

Laws Online (primarily has directories to legal professionals)

Leagle (Federal caselaw and state higher court opinion research)

Lectric Law Library Reference Room (how to's & basic primers on many topics)

Legal Engine Search (state legal forms, resources, search engine) (free legal information publication on the Web with hundreds of articles)

Open Jurist (browse Federal case reporters, USC, U.S. Court directory)

Public Library of Law ( - case searching, legal links & other resources; must register)

Quick Links and Sources to U.S. Court Opinions (LLSDC compiled) (official info on Federal judges, rules, forms, court links, etc. )

Washington University Law - Research Guides

Yale Law School Library - Avalon Project of historical docs

General Legal Research - Selected Commercial Sites

BloombergLaw (one stop searching of cases, codes, news, companies) - Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (hundreds of online courses - membership access)

Casetext (free case searching with Federal and state collections from the 1920's) 

Court Case Finder (criminal and civil records from all states)

Docket Alarm (searches and exports Federal Court opinions & docket materials)

Fastcase (Federal & state caselaw & statute searching with unique identifiers)

HeinOnline (case law powered by Fastcase, USC, Fed. Reg, Cong. Rec., law journals, etc.)

LexisNexis (huge quantity of Federal & State legal, news, public record, & secondary source files)

Lex Machina (legal research analytics on IP litigation)

NationalLawLibrary ( - Federal & state caselaw, statutes)

Neota Logic (Q&A legal expertise and analysis at Internet speed)

PACER (official U.S. court dockets & docs, court links, case locator, court map/site links)

PacerPro (U.S. court docket search & retrieval)

Ravel Law (text, analytic case mapping, and analyses, a LexisNexis co.)

Regscan (Federal & state regulations & reg compliance news monitor) (Federal & state caselaw, statutes, regs, rules, forms, news)

VersusLaw (Federal & state caselaw, statutes, has guest registration)

Westlaw (huge quantity of Federal & state legal, news, public record, & secondary source files)


Compiled and maintained by Rick McKinney,retired Federal law librarian, Washington, D.C.

Please email your questions or comments to the Legislative SIS.

Last updated on May 14, 2020