Legal Reference

Tools and tips for finding legal references.

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LexisNexis

LN Academic includes U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal District Courts and State case law for all 50 States plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and other U.S. territories. Also includes specialty courts such as Military Appeals, Customs, Patents, Tax, Trade, Commerce, Veteran Appeals and Bankruptcy.

Getting Started with LN

For Supreme Court Lawyer’s Ed. Choose:

> US Legal

> Federal & State Cases

> Jurisdiction: U.S. Supreme Court

You can find Federal and State Laws as well by clicking on Federal Statutes, Codes & Regulations

Search for Statutes

LexisNexis Academic recognizes the following statute citation format:

Finding Cases which Refer to Specific Statute

For example, take the following steps to retrieve federal cases in the last 20 years that refer to 18 USC 215: