Use of the Library: Stanford Law School alumni/alumnae are always welcome to use the law library. If you are an SLS alumnus or alumna and would like a SLS alumni library card, please fill out the online form or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide us with your name as you’d like it to appear on the card, your mailing address and your class year. Note that the SLS alumni library card will provide access and borrowing to the law library only. Borrowing is limited to twenty-five items at a time, with a twenty-eight day loan period plus two unseen renewals. All charged out material is subject to recall. Some library material is limited to current SLS faculty, staff, and student use only.
Recent grad? Recent grads can still access and print in the library with their existing student ID as follows:
|When do graduating students’ existing IDs stop working at the library?||1 day after commencement ceremonies|
|When do graduating SLS Alumni IDS stop working on the 2nd floor library gate, ending 24/7 access?||On Friday July 31, 2018|
|When do graduating students’ printing privileges end?||End of August|
|Do graduating students need to keep their old IDs for printing?||The old student IDs, themselves, will not work. However, students need the proxy number from the back of the ID in order to be able to print (enter this manually to release the print job).|
Access to Print & Database Materials: SLS alums may use and borrow print materials in the library. Electronic databases are typically restricted to current SLS students only. However, SLS is pleased to be able to offer the following databases for free to SLS alums:
- HeinOnline: The Robert Crown Law Library provides free access to HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library for Stanford Law School alumni. The Law Journal Library contains the full text of more than 1,800 law and law-related journals dating back to the 1800s. Alumni may search publications by title, state or country of origin, or by subject. Articles may be searched by author, title or keywords. Articles are downloadable in searchable PDF format.
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Contact the Law Library reference desk for questions about the Law Journal Library.
The following guide identifies free or low cost sources of laws and legal information. Most of these resources are accessible for free; low cost resources are labeled with a “$.” SLS is also pleased to be able to offer certain legal databases for free to SLS alums. For more info, see the SLS Alumni Library Resources page.
- Legal Information Institute
- Case law, the U.S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations, court rules, and other collections.
- The collection also includes state legal materials, Internet-accessible sources of constitutions, statutes, judicial opinions, and regulations for the fifty states, D.C., and affiliated territories.
- Court Websites (http://www.uscourts.gov)
- Search and browse opinions from and information about the U.S. Supreme Court, Circuit Courts of Appeal, District Courts, and state courts.
- Dockets and filings from U.S. District Courts and U.S. Courts of Appeal.
- Search and browse codes and cases from U.S. Supreme Court, Circuit Courts of Appeal, District Courts, and some state courts.
- Public Library of Law
- Created by Fastcase, PLoL contains cases from the U.S. Supreme Court and Circuit Courts of Appeals, state court cases dating to 1997, the U.S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations, and court rules.
- Google Scholar
- Search published opinions. Coverage includes:
- U.S. state appellate and supreme court cases since 1950.
- U.S. federal district, appellate, tax and bankruptcy courts since 1923.
- U.S. Supreme Court cases since 1791.
- Search published opinions. Coverage includes:
- FindACase Network
- FindACase offers access to all federal and state case law. Coverage begins in 1900 for the U.S. Supreme Court, 1930 for the Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, and 1950 for the Federal District Courts and, with limited exceptions, state appellate courts.
- FastCase ($)
- Both federal and state primary law.
- FastCase is not free but is provided gratis to members of 25 state bar associations. Check the Bar Association Subscribers listing to see if you have free access to this resource.
- CaseMaker ($)
- Federal and state case law as well as regulations, statutes, court rules and constitutions. Like FastCase, CaseMaker is not free but is provided gratis to members of 24 state bar associations. Check the Bar Association Consortium listing to see if you have free access to this resource.
- VersusLaw ($)
- U.S. Supreme Court, Federal Circuit Courts, Federal District Courts, U.S. Code and Code of Federal Regulations, State Appellate Courts, Native American Tribal Courts and Foreign Courts. VersusLaw offers three pricing plans - standard, premium, and professional - which range in price from $13.95 to $39.95 per month.
- Federal Digital System (FDsys)
- Official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. Through FDsys, you are able to search, browse, and download government publications from collections such as the Congressional Record, Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, Statutes at Large, etc.
- Library of Congress' contemporary federal legislative portal, searchable back to the 101st Congress (1989-1991). Retrieve full bill text, voting history, Congressional actions, etc.
- OLRC United States Code
- The House of Representatives’ Office of Law Revision Counsel offers the U.S. Code. Sections affected after the listed currency date will appear in a list of "Pending Updates" for that law.
- Source for regulations (or rulemakings) issued by U.S. Government agencies, including all proposed and final federal rules, as well as notices ‐ as published in the FR ‐ and additional supporting materials, public comments, and federal agency guidance and adjudications.
- National Conference of State Legislatures
- Bipartisan organization providing research and assistance with developing state legislation. Offers 50-state surveys of current and emerging law on a variety of issues.
- Overviews, web resources, glossaries and articles by practice area: administrative law, admiralty, animal law, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business formation and operations, civil rights, criminal law, elder law, employment law, estate planning, family law, immigration, injury, intellectual property, products liability, real estate, tax etc.
- JurisPro Expert Witness Directory
- JurisPro is a professional marketing company that maintains a free online directory of expert witnesses for the legal community.
- Legal Information Institute’s Legal Research Engine
- A specialized search engine from Cornell University Law Library for locating research guides on a wide variety of topics; searches guides from over one dozen law schools and LLRX. [temporarily unavailable while being updated and repopulated]
- Zimmerman’s Research Guide
- This guide functions like an encyclopedia for almost any legal topic that you might want to research.
- Loislaw ($)
- Treatises and forms by practice area: bankruptcy law; business law; construction law; DUI law; elder law; employment law; estate law; evidence law; family law; general litigation; Internet & E-commerce law; limited liability company law; personal injury law; product liability law; real estate law.
- HeinOnline Law Journal Library
- The Robert Crown Law Library provides free access to HeinOnline's Law Journal Library for Stanford Law School alumni. The Law Journal Library contains the full text of more than 1,800 law and law-related journals dating back to the 1800s.
- Google Scholar - Advanced Scholar Search
- Google's foray into legal search, covering legal "journals."
- Legal Scholarship Blog
- This blog (updated by the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and the University of Washington School of Law) features law-related Calls for Papers, Conferences, and Workshops as well as general legal scholarship resources.
- Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
- Provides abstracts and full text of thousands of scholarly papers, including working papers and pre-publication versions of articles.
- Legal Scholarship Network is SSRN’s network focused on legal topics. LSN publishes electronic journals of abstracts — working papers as well as published articles — in various areas of law, and posts weekly announcements including professional meetings, calls for papers and special issues of journals, and job listings.
- American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center Journal Search
- Provides a free search engine that searches full text of articles from more than 400 open access law reviews, law journals and academic papers.
- American Law Sources On-line
- Provides links to law reviews and legal periodicals.
- HathiTrust Digital Library
- A digital preservation repository and access platform. The digital library provides access services for public domain and in copyright content in digitized form.
- Law Commons
- The Digital Commons' network of open access scholarly articles on legal topics, arranged by sub-disciplines.
- California Court Websites
- Court websites often provide access to several years’ worth of recent opinions, briefs and other case documents.
- United States Courts
- California Judicial Branch
- A joint project between Stanford Law School’s library and Justia that provides free California Supreme Court opinions from 1934 to the present with annotations, briefs, documents and related news.
- California State Legislature
- Provides links and access to California State Assembly and Senate bills and journals as well as other legislative research sources.
- California Code of Regulations
- The California Office of Administrative Law has contracted with Thomson-West/Barclays to provide the full text of all regulations formally promulgated by state agencies.
- Legal Information Institute, California Legal Materials
- Provides links to searchable constitution, statutes, regulations, pending bill and legislation, judicial opinions and government directories and websites.
- Provided by OneJustice, Pro Bono Net and numerous other legal programs, LawHelpCalifornia.org is intended to serve low income Californians by providing online access to basic legal resources, court forms, and attorney information. While it was not created for practitioners, it may provide a good starting point for issues including: Housing, Family Law, Public Benefits, Protections from Abuse, Consumer & Small Claims, Disability, Seniors and Health.
- State Bar of California
- Provides links to free online legal research sites.
- California Legal Research Guides
- Northern California Association of Law Libraries, California Web Resources
- Provides links to all branches of CA government, government publications (Administrative Offices & Departments, Codes, Laws, Regulations), courts, local bar associations and law libraries.
- Brief Guide to Low/No Cost Online American Legal Research
- A guide into online research tools that provide primary and secondary authority along with charts comparing content and features of the tools.
- Georgetown Law Library Research Guides
- Georgetown University Law Center's law library research guides by jurisdiction, conveniently covering, among other things, the 50 U.S. states.
- Law Library Resource Xchange (LLRX) provides a collection of research guides submitted by law librarians from a variety of institutions on a plethora of legal areas.