This Guide contains resources that a bankruptcy practitioner or researcher is likely to need. We suggest a research path and provide recommended resources for locating relevant case law, statutes, rules, legislative history, case law and databases. The guide includes both free resources and, where indicated, resources only available to the UCLA or UCLA Law School community.
Print and paid online resources (online access restricted to UCLA Law students and faculty):
Free online resources:
Glossaries and Dictionaries. Bankruptcy practitioners and scholars are heavy users of jargon, making it sometimes difficult for newcomers to understand their instructions and requests. Your first task in any research assignment is to look up any terms you do not understand. Use these resources as a starting place.
Legal research steps:
When you first begin researching a bankruptcy law issue, consider following these basic research steps:
Company research steps:
Sometimes, research related to a specific company may require you to learn about that company's equity structure, debt obligations, and financial performance. For a public company (a company whose shares trade on one or more stock exchanges), this information is often available in SEC filings. Research steps should include the following: