Resources

Videos, links, program materials and more can be found throughout our Resources Page.

The Standing Committee’s work incorporates programming for lawyers and the public as well as legislative advocacy with Congress in support of funding for the Law Library of Congress. The Committee also participates in the ABA Division for Public Services Clerkship program, offering an incoming 2L or 3L at an ABA-accredited law school, and member of the ABA Law Student Division, a summer-long opportunity to devise and complete a publishable monograph. In its continuing efforts to highlight the resources of the Law Library of Congress, the Committee also offers links to key government web sites.

Law Library of Congress is Collecting Treasures for You

Are Digitization and Budget Cuts Compromising History?

Legal Research Tutorial: Finding Case Law Using Google Scholar

Robert Brammer and Barbara Bavis demonstrate how to use Google Scholar to locate caselaw.

Register for a Reader Identification Card at the Library of Congress

See how easy it is to register for and receive a reader Identification Card to use all of the reading room collections of the Library of Congress. A card is free and good for two years.

Legal Talk Network podcast: Law Library of Congress Free Legal Research Resources

Barbara Bavis explains the multitude of often unique legal research resources at the Law Library of Congress, and Sheila Hollis elaborates on the tremendous value of the legal specialists and free materials, accessible online and in person. 

UELMA Resources
The Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress supports the adoption of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA), and the ABA adopted policy supporting UELMA in February 2012. The American Association of Law Libraries has published a UELMA Implementation Resources document to help state officials learn about what other states are doing on authentication, preservation, and permanent public access.

A Lawyer's Guide to the Law Library of Congress

Learn about all the resources and services the Law Library of Congress has to offer, including social media sites, ask a librarian service, legal research links, news, events, classes and more.

A Lawyer’s Guide to Congress.gov
Learn about the specialized resources available through Congress.gov, the official website for U.S. federal legislative information.  Mobile-friendly as well, this site offers a variety of alerts, the Congressional Record, congressional committee reports, access to a training webinar, and much more.

The Law Library of Congress is Collecting Treasures for You
Learn how the Law Library of Congress is using Social Media to educate the public about its collection and services.

Translation of National Legislation into English
This resource guide prepared by the Law Library of Congress Global Legal Research Center compiles legal translation resources for a variety of countries, as well as a list of online resources and an overview of international courts and tribunals.

Law Library of Congress offers Website on the Constitution of the United States
The Law Library of Congress has launched a website on the United States Constitution. The site combines various items from the Law Library in one centralized location. Sections appear on Constitutional Interpretation, Executive Privilege, Military Tribunals, Presidential Inherent Powers, Presidential Signing Statements, Second Amendment, State Secrets Privilege, War Powers, War Powers Resolution, and Additional Constitutional Resources. For more information, please visit the Law Library of Congress website.

How to Conduct Free Legal Research Online

  • Faculty: Barbara Bavis, Law Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

This free program focuses on the legal research services and resources available from the Law Library of Congress as well as addressing several other free online collections. Following a general overview of the Law Library and its services available to lawyers, librarians, and researchers around the world, the presentation explains the organization and content of Congress.gov, the Library of Congress's federal legislative information site containing the full texts of House and Senate bills and resolutions, the Congressional Record, and much more.

2017 Power Point Presentation

2016 Power Point Presentation

Video: How to Conduct FREE Legal Research Online
Video from the 2014 ABA Midyear Meeting program, "How to Conduct Free Legal Reserach Online", by Senior Legal Research Specialist, Matthew Braun.

View the 2014 Midyear Meeting program presentation, "How to Conduct Free Legal Research Online", presented by Senior Legal Research Specialist, Matthew Braun of the Law Library of Congress, with an introduction from Standing Committee Chair, Liz Medaglia. 

Resources from the Law Library of Congress:

Congress.gov

Current Legal Topics

Databases and eResources

Global and Comparative Law Resources

Global Legal Information Catalog

Global Legal Monitor

Guide to Law Online

Law Library of Congress - Digitized Collections

Legal Blawg Archive

Legislative Resources

THOMAS

Resources from other free and trustworthy sources:

Federal Digital System

FindLaw

Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)

Global Legal Resources

Google Scholar

HG.org

"How to Conduct Free Legal Research Online" Program Powerpoint

"How to Conduct Free Legal Research Online" Program Video

Legislative Resources

LexisWeb

Justia

LexisWeb

Legal Information Institute, Cornell Law School

NOLO Laws and Legal Research

The Public Library of Law

Regulations.gov

The American Presidency Project

US Congressional Documents and Debates

US House of Representatives: Office of the Law Revision Counsel

USA.gov

Through this committee, the ABA has adopted several policy positions in support of the Law Library of Congress and its critical legal materials. ABA policy positions concerning the Law Library of Congress may be found here.

A competitive Public Service Clerkship is open to law students who are members of the ABA Law Student Division and entering their second or third year at an ABA-accredited law school. The Public Service Clerk will design and complete a legal research and writing project over the summer in a substantive area of Division concern. If of acceptable quality, the Division may publish the resultant monograph online or in other media. Successful candidates will submit up to a 5-page proposal describing the content and method to complete a substantive writing project over the summer months. For more information, contact the Division at meagan.edmonds@americanbar.org