You're standing outside your next law school class hoping and praying that you're not on the hot seat for the day. You're usually good at preparing for class, but something came up and now you're just not as ready as you had planned. We've all been there before, but what if there was a resource at your fingertips with quick and easy-to-read backgrounds on various legal topics? Perhaps you could arm yourself with the information you need when you need it most, whether you're outside of a classroom or a courtroom.
FindLaw is an extensive, and growing, hub of legal knowledge and is designed to be useful to any reader, lawyer and non-lawyer alike. Better yet, it's completely free. When it comes to legal research, FindLaw can serve as your springboard to the answers you need for class and, down the road, to the legal advice your future clients are seeking.
What's So Special About FindLaw Anyway?
As a law student, you're given access to a wide range of legal research resources, from law library access to student accounts with major online legal research services. With all of these resources available, you're probably wondering what FindLaw has to offer law students like you.
First, with FindLaw there's no need to remember another password or spend hours deciphering the right Boolean search to get the information you need. Instead, you'll have access to free legal research more tailored to your learning style, access which does not go dark once you graduate.
FindLaw's legal research resources are designed for consumers and legal professionals alike. Its articles provide legal context as well as user-friendly answers and resources that get straight to the point. Check out the following pages to see how FindLaw can benefit you:
If you're trying to find federal or state codes or opinions, this page provides easy access to current authorities as well as an archive of cases that's as deep as it is wide.
These are short descriptions of cases which can prove quite helpful when drafting your own case briefs. This page also allows you to search for case summaries by court, company, or even legal subject area.
This page is home to practice-oriented tips and legal updates. It's also a great resource when you're considering research topics for a class paper.
A great place to keep current with happenings in the legal world, FindLaw has a legal professional news page as well as a Legal Pulse news page (geared to consumers) which can also provide you with information to introduce into your class discussions.
Perhaps one of FindLaw's most useful pages for law students, this section contains brief primers on a wide range of legal topics, from criminal law and procedure to bankruptcy and much more, including articles on state-specific laws. Unlike other legal research websites, FindLaw's LATL section breaks down and explains legal concepts which can be especially helpful to law students looking for explanations that are quick and useful.
To get a small taste of how this section can help you, consider FindLaw's article, "Elements of Libel and Slander." Not only does the article address the purposes of libel and slander laws, it also lists the common elements and defines concepts like "defamatory statements" and "publication." In the few minutes it takes to read a LATL article, you could have a good start before having to digest a dense case on the subject, or fake it till you make it in class.
Are you hearing a legal term for the first time in class and not sure what it means? Get a quick answer from FindLaw's legal dictionary before your professor even finishes making her point.
Your one-stop shop to help you prepare for the job market after graduation. Here you'll find information on, among other things, different types of jobs, opening your own practice, and job search tips for young attorneys.
Geared more towards the jack-of-all trades attorney, the in-house counsel, this page can be quite useful for law students as it addresses a wide range of legal topics from a lawyer's perspective (i.e., chalk full of references to legal authorities).
Learn More About FindLaw's Free Legal Research
For law students like you, FindLaw's free legal research resources are, in essence, like a free tutor available any time, day or night. Get further acquainted with FindLaw's legal research resources as well as everything it has to offer law students by checking out -- and bookmarking -- our FindLaw for Law Students section.