How to Conduct Free Legal Research Online


Friday, January 25, 2019 -
9:00am to 11:00am


Thomas and Mack Moot Court Facility #151

How to Conduct Free Legal Research Online

Friday, January 25, 2019

Thomas and Mack Moot Court Facility

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Approved for 2 CLE Credits

Free of charge

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This program will teach you how to use a multitude of free online resources to complete your legal and legislative research.

Barbara Bavis of the Law Library of Congress will explain where and how to locate federal materials using free online resources from governmental entities, such as the Law Library of Congress, the Government Publishing Office (GPO), and the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the United States House of Representatives (OLRC). You’ll also learn how to use non-governmental databases like Google Scholar, Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute (LII), Casetext, CourtListener, and the American Presidency Project to find helpful resources like case law, articles, executive orders, and much more. Faculty will provide:


§  Up-to-the-minute information, highlighting both newly available resources, and updates to more established resources

§  A complete “cheat sheet” for legal or legislative research conducted outside of the main subscription databases (Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg)

§  Resources from all branches of government that are valuable in conducting legal and legislative research


With an increasing number of free legal resources—instead of resources that are only available via costly subscriptions—you can save money for your firm or organization, and pass those savings on to your clients.


Don’t miss this course! Attendees often remark that this program helped them learn of new resources that they were unaware of previously.


9:00 – 9:05 a.m.               Introduction

9:05 – 10:15 a.m.            Law Library of Congress Resources

Primary Sources

Legislative Resources

      • Current
      • Historical

Judicial Resources

Court Opinions

      • Citators

Executive Resources

      • Presidential Documents
      • Regulations

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.          Secondary Sources

                             Tips for Searching

10:45 – 10:55 a.m.          Questions and Answers

10:55 – 11:00 a.m.          Closing Remarks

BSL program contact person and contact information: Elizabeth Manriquez, 895-2317