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The U.S. federal and Missouri case law reporter system 

Not all case law is published.  Generally, appellate court decisions that will be used as future precedent are published (reported) in sources (case reporters) specific to that court.  Attorneys use published case law as a means to argue or interpret the law. For more about the print reporter system see the following document.  

Business Law Databases

If you want to search for a specific case or law review articles on a topic, start with WestLaw Campus Research.  WestLaw is one of the largest publishers of legal documents and research.

Related databases

WestLaw Campus Research

If you want to search for a specific case or law review articles on a topic, start with WestLaw Campus Research, our largest database of legal documents and researchHere's a document on how to search.

You may also search for documents in a practice area. 

  1. Click the Practice Areas tab at the top of the database home page
  2. If you want to search both federal and state materials, click the link at the right on the search bar. (Shown as "All Federal" in first image below.)
  3. Select the checkbox for each jurisdiction that you want to include.  We've checked "All" for both states and federal. Save the filter when prompted.
  4. Click one of the practice areas. We're using Labor & Employment. (See second image, below.)
  5. You must select one of the formats of information to search. We've selected Cases. 
  6. WestLaw will display the 10 most recent documents in that format. 
  7. To search for your topic, enter a search term in the search box or click "Advanced" for more information about how to search. We've searched for cases about family medical leave as an exact phrase.
  8. Notice that you may narrow / filter your results using the menu to the left.

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Free websites for US legal resources

The Legal Information Institute (LII) at Cornell University Law School is a "small not-for-profit group that believes everyone should be able to read and understand the laws that govern them, without cost." They fulfill this mission by "publishing law online, for free, and creating materials that help people understand" the law. Collections include:
United States

U.S. States

  • State law resources
  • State statutes by topic

World -- National and International laws