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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 Resources

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.

California Legal Research: Ballot Measures

This CALI lesson will instruct students about issues associated with California ballot measures including locating documents, identifying legislative intent, and examining legal challenges.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:
1. Define the terms ballot measure, ballot pamphlet, initiative, and referendum.
2. List the three types of ballot measures in California.
3. Describe the lifecycle of a ballot measure.
4. Research, analyze and correctly interpret a ballot measure.

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