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Paralegal Studies Program Resources

Laws, State and Federal:

Arizona Revised Statutes – Arizona’s state laws
FindLaw U.S. Federal Laws and U.S. State Laws – Federal laws: codes, statutes, regulations, case law, and courts; state laws: links to each state and its laws, codes, courts, and court cases, also has some city codes
FindLaw Lawcrawler for Legal Professionals: Legal Web and Databases Search – Allows user to perform a keyword search in legal databases to find free full-text case law from all federal and state courts, military courts, U.S. district courts, bankruptcy courts, and courts of appeal.
New Mexico Statutes and Court Rules Unannotated – Current through 2006; browse or search by keyword; has links to the state constitution and earlier laws
New Mexico Supreme Court Law Library – Has links to state statutes, case law, legislative bills, etc.
State Statutes on the Internet – Arranged by topic–from agriculture to water codes; gives title numbers and chapters and links for each state

Sites for Legal Research:

FindLaw.com for Legal Professionals – Allows user to research the law by keyword or select from topics such as reference resources, practice areas, research a lawyer, legal news, etc.
USA.gov: The U.S. Government’s Official Web Portal – A search engine for federal government information, including laws, regulations, codes, agencies, publications, etc.
Internet Legal Research Group – Over 4,000 websites in 238 countries, links to large law firms, 2000+ free legal forms, and a list of legal websites
Law Research: Just the Law Links – Public records, legal topics, state and federal law, famous trials, etc.
Law Research: The Internet Law Library – Scroll down to find hundreds of links to law and legal research sites
Legal Resources: Your Reference to Internet Legal Research – By the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, has links to federal agencies, news sites, state laws, federal laws, state agencies, legal-related sites, law schools, international law, and other legal resources.
Nolo.com: Your Legal Companion – Select an area of the law and/or a topic; for that topic, find subtopics, legal forms, faqs, tools and resources, and related topics
Indiana University – Maurer School of Law – Search Tools and Other Sites
ABA’s Lawlink: The Legal Research Jumpstation (from the American Bar Association) – Federal, state, international legal research sites and laws
The U.S. Government Manual – The official handbook of the Federal Government and provides comprehensive information on all of the agencies in the legislative, judicial, and executive branches; on international organizations; and on U. S. boards, commissions, and committees. Search for an agency or click on A-Z Resources and see a comprehensive list of online databases and documents published by U.S. agencies.
The Virtual Chase: Teaching Legal Professionals How to Do Research – Advice on research and lists of websites to use to find information

Legal Writing Aids and Reference Sources:

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (2006 ed.) – How to cite legal sources in contemporary U.S. legal material; provides guidance on citations in Arizona, Illinois, New Mexico, and Texas; also refers the user to other, more extensive legal citation guides
Basic Citation Form – From the Association of Legal Writing Directors, gives an 8-page cheat sheet guide to legal citation, containing sections on cases, statutes, books, periodicals, and websites.
Search the Legal Dictionary – From Findlaw.com (scroll down the page to: Search the Legal Dictionary).
Law.com Dictionary

Courts:

Arizona @ Your Service Full Listing of Courts in Arizona – Lists all city, county, state, and federal courts that operate in Arizona, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
The National Center for State Courts: Court Web Sites – Has links to state, federal, and international court web sites and court-related organizations.
New Mexico Courts Information Center – Links to all local, state, and federal courts in New Mexico
Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County – Provides civil, criminal, family court case histories; court minutes; and links to other court information

Alternative Dispute Resolution:

ABA’s Dispute Resolution – Offers information on mediation and mediators, arbitrors, a downloadable guide to DR practices, DR policies and standards, etc. Click on Resources to see links to books, magazines, and articles on this topic.

Business Law:

Business Law Today – From the ABA, has major articles from the current issue for free; requires subscription for past issues; has links also to other resources.
FindLaw for Small Business – Has articles & guides to every possible topic in business, including finance, debt, bankruptcy, human resources, intellectual property, taxes, business operations, employees’ rights, workman’s compensation, small business legal concerns, and many more.

Criminal Law and Criminal Investigations: (Also see Criminal Justice Sites on the LRC Quick Links page.)

Criminal Law section of FindLaw for the Public – Has a good overview of criminal law for the new student; has brief definitions of 40 different crimes and links to state laws related to each crime; and shows the stages of a case from arrest to conviction.
Criminal Law for the Legal Professional, from FindLaw – Includes links to databases on child abuse, arson & explosives, crime statistics, FBI Uniform Crime Reports, etc.
TruTV’s Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods – Has book-length stories and information on serial killers, notorious murders, famous criminal trials, gangsters, and the criminal mind.
Kruglick’s Forensic Resource and Criminal Law Search Site – Covers accidents, arson, DNA, facial recognition, crime scene investigation, ethics, ballistics, fingerprints, etc.

Estate Planning and Probate:

Probate, Trusts and Estates – A web guide by FindLaw, includes links, articles, federal laws and codes, and publications on the subject.

Litigation and Torts:

FindLaw’s Injury and Tort Law – Contains many resources for the injury lawyer: scroll down to the accident and injury center, recalls, safety information, an Injury and Tort Law Web Guide, databases of accident facts, air bag related accidents, boating accident reports, airline disasters and statistics, mine safety facts, product recalls, health related injuries, etc.
Findlaw’s Guide to Litigation Resources – Has extensive links to litigation resources such as databases, government agencies, websites, legal documents and briefs, journals, newsletters, articles, laws and government documents, and other discussion groups.

Legal News Sources:

FindLaw Top Legal Headlines – Provides legal news in the areas of law, business, crime, environment, civil rights, labor, technology, personal injury, politics, etc.

Legal Assistant/Paralegal Professional Sites:

American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals – Contains career information, approved schools, publications, and newsletters.
Arizona Association of Independent Paralegals – Sponsors meetings, has a membership directory, and provides space where its members can advertise their services.
Arizona Paralegal Association – Has a calendar of events, membership information, paralegal resources, etc.
International Paralegal Management Association – Formerly LAMA; contains information on current topics in the area of legal assistant management; it also has links to legal consultants and suppliers, news, job openings, industry reports, and seminars.
National Association of Legal Assistants – Provides news affecting paralegals and information on continuing education and professional development programs for legal assistants and paralegals.
National Federation of Paralegal Associations – Has the goal of advancing the paralegal profession. It has links to products and services, professional development information, news, networking opportunities, etc.
Paralegal Today – Contains current and past articles from the magazine, also a job bank, links, listserv, and news briefs.
ParalegalGateway.com: Where Paralegals Connect – Provides articles, career center, help center, legal links, other paralegal sites, events, student sites, medical demonstrative evidence, career information, articles, and other help. Also included is an online legal services center.

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