The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)'s Free Law Reporter (FLR) is an electronic case reporter that freely publishes nearly every recent appellate and supreme court opinion, from state to federal U.S. courts.
This project builds upon Carl Malamud's Report of Current Opinions (RECOP) and, hence, contains whatever is included in the slip opinion archives of the RECOP. This includes primarily appellate level courts in the 50 states and D.C., the federal courts and SCOTUS. For the most part, coverage begins with 1/1/2011 and continues forward.
Below are lower-cost alternatives to LexisNexis' CourtLink and Westlaw's CourtExpress.
A project between the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and the Administrative Office of the United States Courts to provide public access to opinions from U.S. appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts. The coverage dates vary widely and early opinions are continually added, please check the website for current coverage. For the district courts, not all federal districts within a particular state are represented.
Please note that U.S. District Court cases are not as readily available for free on the Internet (except for those opinions posted on the courts' official Web sites, which are typically only the most recent decisions, and through Justia). Options include the low-cost subscription service Loislaw and the UCLA subscription database LexisNexis Academic (see descriptions below).
Also consider calling your local college campus or public law library, which may have subscriptions to LexisNexis Academic or public-access Westlaw, respectively.
UCLA Law students are eligible for free Loislaw accounts which remain active throughout the summers and 6 months after graduation.