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Free and Low Cost Online Legal Research: Beyond Westlaw, Lexis & Bloomberg

This Guide describes a wide range of online legal research resources. It covers primary law, government resources, research guides, reference sources, forms, and legal news.

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U.S. Supreme Court

Case Law Search Tools

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.

FDsys' United States Courts Opinions

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.