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Learning About the Law

Chapter One:  The American Legal System

The federal judiciary home page:  http://www.uscourts.gov/

The United States Supreme Court home page:  http://www.supremecourtus.gov/opinions/opinions.html

Map of the federal circuits with links to their cases:  http://www.law.emory.edu/FEDCTS

Information on specific state courts, available through the National Center for State Courts:  http://www.ncsconline.org/D_KIS/info_court_web_sites.html

The White House:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/


Chapter Two:  Legal Research:  Finding the Law

LexisNexis:  http://www.lexisnexis.com/

Westlaw:  http://www.westlaw.com

Loislaw:  http://www.loislaw.com/

The Virtual Chase (free legal research):  http://www.virtualchase.com/

Legal Resource Links:  http://www.legalresourcelinks.com/


Chapter Three:  Briefing a Case


Findlaw:  http://www.findlaw.com

Legal Information Institute:  http://www.law.cornell.edu/




Chapter Four:   Legal Writing:  Basic Organization

ALWD Citation Manual's Web site:  http://www.alwd.org

Online tutorial designed to teach Bluebook rules:  http://www.law.cornell.edu/citation



Chapter Five:  Introduction to Law

Fundamentals of a jury trial:  http://www.da.saccounty.net/info/fundamentals.htm

Legal Information Institute, overview of appellate procedure:  http://www.law.cornell.edu/topics/appellate_procedure.html

Information about and video clips of current trials:  http://www.courttv.com




Chapter Six:  Contracts

GSA Board of Contract Appeals:  http://www.gsbca.gsa.gov/

U.S. Department of Commerce:  http://www.commerce.gov/

The Uniform Commercial Code, as revised through 2001:  http://www.law.cornell.edu/ucc/ucc.table.html

Examples of contracts:  http://www.lectlaw.com/formb.htm




Chapter Seven:  Torts

National Safety Council, statistics on accidents:  http://www.nsc.org/lrs/statstop.htm

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, statistics on consumer products:  http://www.cpsc.gov/library/data.html

More information on libel and slander:  http://www.expertlaw.com/library/pubarticles/Personal_Injury/defamation.html




Chapter Eight:  Criminal Law

Criminal justice statistics:  http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/

U.S. Department of Justice:  http://www.usdoj.gov/

State criminal law statutes:  http://www.megalaw.com/top/criminal.php




Chapter Nine:  Ethics

National Association of Legal Assistants:  http://www.nala.org/

National Federal of Paralegal Associations:  http://www.paralegals.org/

Legal Information Institute, ethics page:  http://www.law.cornell.edu/ethics/

American Bar Association:  http://www.abanet.org/home.cfm




Chapter Ten:  Careers

Job search directory and other career advice:  http://careers.findlaw.com/

ABA Career Counsel, the ABA's central source for online information on finding jobs and enhancing lawyers' careers:  http://www.abanet.org/careercounsel/home.html

U.S. Department of Labor, statistics on legal careers:  http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos053.htm