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Celebrate Law Day with New Research Guides from the Law Library

This is a guest post by Donna Brearcliffe, Special Assistant in the General and International Collections Directorate of Library Services, Library of Congress.

Carol Highsmith. U.S. Supreme Court building, Washington, D.C. [between 1980 and 2006]. Highsmith (Carol M.) Archive. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Carol Highsmith. U.S. Supreme Court building, Washington, D.C. [between 1980 and 2006]. Highsmith (Carol M.) Archive. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

May 1st is Law Day–a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law and an opportunity to understand how law and the legal process protect our liberty and promote justice.

In honor of Law Day 2019, the Library of Congress is highlighting our law-related Research Guides:

Research Guides is a new service from the Library of Congress using the LibGuides platform deployed at thousands of libraries worldwide. Over 60 research guides on a wide variety of topics are available at guides.loc.gov. To learn more about the new LibGuides site, see the recent post published on the Library of Congress blog.

A Guide to Chinese Legal Research: Official Online Publication of Chinese Law

A few years ago, I posted a series of Chinese legal research guides on this blog: Who Makes What?, Administrative Regulations and Departmental Rules, and Official Publication of Chinese Law. The first two posts discussed the various types of documents that have the force of law under the Chinese Law on Legislation: laws made by the National People’s Congress […]

Researching New Zealand’s Laws Related to “Doing Business”

On October 31, 2017, the World Bank released the fifteenth edition of its Doing Business report, subtitled “Reforming to Create Jobs.” As with the fourteenth edition, New Zealand was given the highest “ease of doing business” ranking among 190 countries. The report explains that “[t]he overall measure of the ease of doing business gives an […]

A Guide to Researching EU Law

The following is a guest post by Micaela DelMonte, a lawyer from the European Parliamentary Research Service who volunteered at the Law Library of Congress during May 2017. News about Brexit and the so-called Article 50 procedure have dominated the news about the European Union (EU) lately. If you are interested in researching these or […]

The Framing of the United States Constitution: A Beginner’s Guide

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis, instructional librarian, and Robert Brammer, senior legal information specialist. We often receive questions from patrons who are interested in researching the original intent of the framers of the United States Constitution. Since the framers were not necessarily all of one mind and, on occasion, there was no debate on certain provisions, […]

The Administration of a Probate Estate: A Beginner’s Guide

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis, instructional librarian, and Robert Brammer, senior legal information specialist We frequently receive reference requests for resources related to the administration of an estate. In this Beginner’s Guide, we will direct you to general and state-specific resources that concern probate administration. If you are interested in resources for drafting a will, please […]

Locating a State Constitution: A Beginner’s Guide

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis, instructional librarian, and Robert Brammer, senior legal information specialist One of our most frequent requests from patrons is for assistance with their constitutional research, particularly with regard to state constitutions.  While the best resource for information is likely the state library and/or state archives of the state that created the constitution […]

Locating Real Estate Forms: A Beginner’s Guide

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis, instructional librarian, and Robert Brammer, senior legal reference specialist. We frequently receive requests for assistance with real estate law, particularly in finding real estate forms.  The legal requirements for such forms and agreements can be extensive, and as such, researchers can turn to treatises, legal encyclopedias, and legal form books […]