Law

Online and print resources for the study of law.

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Government Information
Milton S. Eisenhower Library
A-level
410-516-8360

Librarians

Jim Gillispie, Government Documents and Law
Email: jeg@jhu.edu

Local Codes

Maryland State Codes and Regulations: You can use the above resources, or you can use Michie's Legal Resources for Maryland.  Use the advanced search to search the code's text.  You can also search the COMAR (Code of Maryland) Database online.

Baltimore City Codes and Regulations: Use the City Charter & Codes section of the Baltimore City Government Website. If you prefer print, the call number is KFX1101 .A6 and is Eisenhower Law Reference.

Administrative Law Sources

Note that the terms rules, regulations and administrative law or administrative code are often used interchangeably.

RULES AND REGULATIONS: The Federal Register is the official daily publication of rules, proposed rules, executive orders/presidential documents and notices of Federal agencies and organizations. The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules that were first published in the Federal Register.  To search for rules that are currently in effect, you will want to begin your search with the CFR.  The best places to search are:

  1. LexisNexis Academic.  Click on U.S. Legal in the left menu.  Look for Federal Statutes, Codes, and Regulations, you can then select the FR, CR or both to search.  Note that you can only access the Federal Register as far back as 1980.  The CFR content is updated weekly and is the current edition only.

  2. HeinOnline provides images of pages from both the printed CFR and Federal Register in the Federal Register Library (the CFR can be browsed separately if preferred).  The FR goes back to 1936, and the CFR is available as far back as 1938.

  3. The site Regulations.gov is also a good resource that offers enhanced browseability. 

State-Level Codes and Regulations: You should use LexisNexis State Capital for state regulations and statutes. As the organization of laws can vary widely from state-to-state and searching can prove complex, LexisNexis State Capital provides some of the best features including cross-state searching, bill tracking, searching administrative law registers, and access to publications from the National Conference of State Legislatures on hot topic issues in each state.