This guide highlights online or electronic resources for researching California and state-specific law. In addition to the state legal research materials available on WestlawNext, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law, you may wish to explore the following resources:
Links to searchable state constitutions, statutes, regulations, pending bills and legislation, judicial opinions, and government directories and websites.
HeinOnline (SLS Database)
The Modern Link to Legal History…HeinOnline contains full text of many state-specific bar and law journals, state session laws, a state statutes historical archive, and the “Subject Compilations of State Laws” index (description here). Access to HeinOnline is limited to the Stanford University community. For off-campus access use: EZPROXY
CEB OnLAW (SLS Database)
The OnLAW database from California’s Continuing Education of the Bar provides access to more than 125 of CEB’s California practice guides. OnLAW’s “libraries” organize the CEB guides by practice area, namely: business law; criminal law; estate planning; family law; employment; litigation; and real property law. Access is limited to the Stanford Law School community, and IP authentication is limited to the SLS library, Neukom, and Munger buildings. Please inquire at the Reference Desk for assistance.
LexisNexis State Capital (SLS Database)
Provides access to bills, laws, constitutions, proposed and enacted regulations, legislature membership and newspapers of record for all the states. For off-campus access use: EZPROXY
LexisNexis CourtLink (SLS Database)
CourtLink (see here for information) is Lexis/Nexis’ U.S. federal and state court docket product, comprehensively capturing the documents that are filed during the course of lawsuits. CourtLink is accessible to the Stanford Law School community, by logging in here, using one’s Lexis Advance username and one’s last name in ALLCAPS.
Bloomberg Law (SLS Database)
Bloomberg Law is a legal and business intelligence, news and research system that offers both primary and secondary legal research tools. Of note is its robust docket product, along with BNA Law Reports spanning the full range of legal practice areas, including tax & accounting, labor & employment,intellectual property, banking & securities, employee benefits, health care, privacy & data security, human resources, environment, and health & safety. Stanford Law School students, staff and faculty may apply for an account here.
Access to opinions from and information about state courts. Searchable and browsable.
Bipartisan organization providing research and assistance with developing state legislation. Offers 50-state surveys of current and emerging law on a variety of issues.
Court websites provide access to several years worth of recent opinions, briefs, and case documents.
Provides California Supreme Court opinions from 1934 to the present along with annotations, briefs, documents and related news.
Provides links and/or access to California State Assembly and Senate bills and journals, and other legislative research sources.
Selected California Research Guides
- Georgetown Law Library’s CA Resources & Research In-Depth
- USF’s Finding California Legislative History
- Southern California Assocation of Law Libraries’ “Locating the Law”: Guide to legal research that includes California, Federal, and International legal materials. The particular California chapter is available here.
- Boalt Hall (UC Berkeley) Guides to CA Administrative Law Research