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

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

Original Court Documents

We are not able to provide access to scans of original court documents or case transcripts through WestlawNext.  That utility is only available in the full Westlaw product (which we do not have). 

If you need a transcript or wish to view the original documentation, you will need to contact the court in question (look for Clerk of Court contact information).

Electronic Case Law Sources

FEDERAL COURT CASES: Use LexisNexis Academic or WestlawNext.

  • LexisNexis Legal is a component of LexisNexis Academic:  Choose U.S. Legal from the left menu bar.  Select Federal and State Cases.  Use the drop down box to select the appropriate federal court jurisdiction.
  • WestlawNext. Choose all Federal Cases in the Cases section under the main search box.

STATE-LEVEL COURT CASES: Also use LexisNexis Academic or Campus Research:Law

  • In LexisNexis Academic you will need to choose U.S. Legal from the left menu and then U.S. Legal. Use the dropdown jurisdiction box to search by state. 
  • In WestlawNext you can select State Cases in the Select Databases Section under the search box. 

Your search will be the most precise if you search for a particular case by citation - e.g. 411 Md. 629. If you have the party names, you will also get to your results quicker, but may see more than one result (original case, appeals, remanded decisions).

    Print Case Law Sources

    Here is a sample of print materials pertaining to case law in collection.

    West's Federal Reporter
    K 484 Law Reference

    West's Federal Supplement
    K 484.S Law Reference

    Supreme Court Reporter
    KF 101 .A212 Law Reference

    Federal Courts
    KF 8719 .Y33 2009 Circulating Law Collection

    The American Courts: A Procedural Approach
    KF 8720 .J46 2011 QUARTO Circulating Law Collection

    You may elect to browse the shelves within the KF range, or you can conduct an advanced search of the JHU Libraries Catalog to search specifically in the GPML Collection (Eisenhower Government Information or Eisenhower Law).