Cornell Legal Information Institute

The law library enjoys providing its community of users with access to open source or free legal resources.  In that vein, the Legal Information Institute @ Cornell Law School ( is a terrific source of reliable and free primary legal materials.  The main areas of information provided include:

  • Constitutions and Codes
  • Court Opinions
  • Law by Source or Jurisdiction
  • Introduction to Basic Legal Citation
  • LII Topical Libraries

Take a look!



Federal Digital System (FDSys) for Government Information

If you haven’t used it to date, check out the Federal Digital System (FDSys) web site for a range of federal government information, including:

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The Supreme Court and the Internet

There are numerous wonderful websites devoted to the Supreme Court, so this post will just hit the highlights.  The Scotus Blog is the first place to go when looking for briefs for cases under consideration by the Supreme Court.  The Library subscribes to a Supreme Court Records and Briefs archive from 1832-1978 for older briefs.  Westlaw and Lexis are good for the period in between.

You can also subscribe to the Scotus Blog‘s RSS feed for news.  The Library subscribes to U.S. Law Week which is the place for information on the Supreme Court and the appellate courts even keeping track of circuit splits.  The Oyez Project is a multi-media archive for the Supreme Court and the best place for recent oral arguments.  They have their own apps OyezToday and Pocket Justice.


New LLM Students — Legal Research Training

Hello and welcome to all new LLM students.  The legal research training associated with your Legal Research and Writing class begins next week on Wednesday and Friday.  The schedule is below.  Please attend the class scheduled for your particular legal writing section (labeled with the name of your instructor).  The training will run for three weeks, with the class meeting at the same time each week.  If you have any questions, please ask a reference librarian.








9:00am -10:00am 334 Houghton


9:00am -10:00am 323 Donovan


2:00pm – 3:00pm 334 Korn


4:00pm – 5:00pm 334 Durkin



9:00am – 10:00am 334 Lichtenberger


9:00am – 10:00am 323 Zelnick


10:00am – 11:00am 334 Hamdan


10:00am – 11:00am 323 Abely


11:00am – 12:00 am 334 Caputo

Library Information for Graduate Tax Students

GTP students: Please take a look at the research resources available to you at BU Law. Library and orientation information for Tax LLM students is provided here. See also the federal tax law research guide, a subject guide to electronic resources and a research portal, all related to tax law.

Library orientation tours continue today through Sep. 15. For Tax students, specialized training sessions for Lexis and Westlaw are available next week.

Among the premium research resources available via the Law network are a range of titles from the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA), including the Daily Tax Report and other news updates that you can sign up to receive by email. For more on current awareness tools, click here.

If you would like to discuss a research project, or have any questions, please contact a reference librarian.



New Student Tours TODAY!

The library is offering New Student Orientation Tours of the library website and the library physical space today at 1 and 4. Meet in Room 323!

The full schedule of New Student Tours is below.

Wednesday, September 7 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Thursday, September 8 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Tuesday, September 13 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Wednesday, September 14 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Thursday, September 15 1:00pm & 4:00pm