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Finding and Researching Law-Related Paper Topics  

This guide is designed to help students locate legal databases which are useful for identifying paper topics. The full-text legal resources listed below are good starting points for legal research in general.
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Resources for Locating and Researching Paper Topics

  • U.S. Law Week from the Bureau of National Affairs
    U.S. Law Week is one of the most highly respected sources for legal news in the nation. This source provides short analytical summaries of key court cases arranged by subject. You can search for case summaries by keyword or use the Subject Indexes in the lower-right corner of the page. On the left-side of the screen, look for the section titled "Key Features." The "Circuit Splits" section identifies those legal issues which have been handled in different ways by the United States Courts of Appeal. When circuits are split on an issue, the United States Supreme Court will often consider hearing a case related to that issue.
  • Circuit Splits Blog
    A blog covering the latest news and analysis on divisions between the circuit courts. "Our goal is to provide readers with a rich blend of new and curated content covering the issues that shape the law and divide the circuits."
  • ABA Blawg 100
    This directory of legal blogs can be useful for locating blogs in a particular subject area. You can then review the blogs in that subject area to find out what experts consider to be the "hot topics" of the day.
  • Seton Hall Circuit Review
    This journal "aims to publish scholarly articles analyzing recent important developments in all areas of the law at the federal appellate level."
  • Legal Scholarship Network (SSRN)
    Social Science Research Network (SSRN) publishes faculty working papers. By reviewing the working papers in your subject area, you can determine what faculty scholars in your area are researching. Note: You can create a free account on SSRN for the purposes of downloading articles, or you can choose to download articles anonymously by closely examining the tabs available on the download screen.

Full-Text Legal Resources Available Campus-Wide

LexisNexis Academic Universe

  • Contains the full-text of all cases, statutes, and regulations from all 50 states and the federal government.   Also contains the full-text of many law journal articles from the 1990s to present.


  • Provides access to a comprehensive, image-based collection of legal periodicals. Each journal in the database begins from its inception. Also includes access to code of federal regulations, legal classics, treaties and agreements, U.S. Attorney General opinions, U.S. Federal Legislative History, U.S. Presidential Library, U.S. statutes at large, and the U.S. Supreme Court Library. Full text available.

Google Scholar

  • Google Scholar enables you to search the full-text of court opinions and legal journals available on the Internet.  To search the legal content of Google Scholar, be sure to use the Advanced Scholar Search feature and limit your search to legal opinions and journals.


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