Legal Web Portals

The following free websites offer one-stop access to legal and governmental resources.

  • Congress.gov: Includes a database of currently pending legislation and links to recent issues of the Congressional Record (from 1995 to present) in addition to information on members of Congress, their committee service, and the legislative process in general.
  • Cornell Legal Information Institute: Comprehensive and free directory of law-related links by topic and jurisdiction and developments. LII is a pioneer in value-added texts such as the Wex legal encyclopedia, and also includes unofficial full-text copies of Supreme Court opinions, federal court rules, the U.S. Code, and the Code of Federal Regulations.
  • FDsys: The official online repository of the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) contains searchable and browseable archives of federa legislative, executive, and judicial branch publications.
  • FindLaw: A massive legal web portal owned by Thomson Reuters, with links to legal materials on everything from court opinions to legal forms, practice areas and news. Also includes lawyer directories by practice area and location.
  • Guide to Law Online: Project of the Law Library of Congress that provides well-selected links to worldwide sources of information on law and government.
  • Jurist: An expansive legal education portal for the academic and practice community, with topical news and legal instruction sources.
  • Justia: Web portal including large amounts of unofficial U.S. and international primary law sources, including cases, organized by jurisdiction and subject area. Also includes databases of legal blogs and social-media legal news sources and has an in-depth blog of its own, Verdict, with analysis of current legal issues.
  • LLRX: Legal research portal with detailed research guides on a variety of legal topics, and articles on legal and technology-related issues. Also includes some court rules, forms, and dockets.
  • National Conference of State Legislatures: Excellent source for information about state legislative activity, including 50-state surveys, information on model legislation, state bill tracking, and directories of legislative staff. Resources generally organized by subject.
  • Public Library of Law: A free database with extensive coverage of case law, statutes, regulations, and court rules operated by low-cost legal research provider Fastcase.  
  • PublicLegal: A categorized index of more than 4,000 select web sites plus local content with a law-student focus, produced by the Internet Legal Research Group. Also includes course outlines, study abroad information, and links to legal forms.
  • USA.gov: The federal government's web portal includes links to courts, agencies, and legal materials. Also includes links to specific government services and the agencies providing them.
  • Washlaw: Guide to legal information on the web by topic and jurisdiction (including both U.S. and international sources) from Washburn University School of Law.

Last updated 12/2014 ask