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Map of CALI's US State Coverage

  • This Subject Area Index lists all CALI lessons covering Legal Research by State.
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Legal Research by State

Alabama Legal Research: Primary Authority

This lesson will familiarize the user with Alabama's primary sources, including the state constitution, statutes, administrative regulations, and case law. Among other things, this lesson addresses how a bill becomes law in Alabama, five ways to find Alabama statutes, and six ways to find Alabama cases with the West Digest System. The lesson discusses print and online sources, including researching primary law with free online services. This lesson does not cover secondary sources, such as treatises and law review articles.

Alabama Secondary Sources

This lesson will familiarize you with secondary sources covering Alabama law. This lesson supplements the lesson on Alabama primary sources. You will learn about finding aids for researching secondary sources and explore both online and print tools available to access those materials.

After completing this lesson, you will learn the following:

1. What Alabama secondary sources are available, such as treatises and legal periodicals.

2. How to find secondary sources for any Alabama issue;

California Primary Sources

This lesson will introduce you to all of the types of primary sources you will encounter when researching California law. Topics include the Constitution, Statutes and Codes, administrative law, court system, and researching cases in California. No prior knowledge of California legal materials is required.

Colorado Legal Research - Secondary Source Materials

This lesson is intended to familiarize the user with Colorado secondary legal research materials. The lesson focuses on secondary source material including: Colorado Practice, treatises, periodicals, CLEs and form books. No prior knowledge of Colorado legal research is necessary to follow this lesson. While this lesson is aimed primarily at first year law students who will be learning about these materials for the first time, each section may be used independently to brush up on Colorado-specific legal research skills.

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