Bacal's Internet Legal Research Guide

APPENDIX 6: The Most Useful Sites for Law Students

One of the most useful sites law students, not to mention lawyers and bar applicants, is http://jdjungle.com/index.cfm. This fantastic forum has something for everyone and is broken down into links designated as "Getting In," "At School," "Recruiting," "At Work," "Technology," and "Life." The articles are interesting, well-written, and often humorous. Other websites like http://www.4lawschool.com won’t provide you with the same interesting reading material you can find on jdjungle.com, but will instead link you to course outlines, case briefs, and past exams from a number of different law schools across the country. Buyer beware: you might get what you pay for with free outlines and briefs.

To be successful in law school—and beyond—one must develop the ability to write well. When all the well-intentioned advice of one’s first year legal writing professor has fallen by the wayside, a law student can attempt to set them self straight with a visit to The Law Student’s Guide to Good Legal Writing at http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/lrw/grinker/LWTA.htm. The site may not teach everything one needs to know, but it will serve as a nice reference for those wanting a refresher on the proper use of semi-colons, active voice, and so on.

The ability to write well goes hand-in-hand with the ability to research effectively. Locate some essential tools of the law school trade at the Legal Information Institute homepage at http://www.law.cornell.edu. The site links to the U.S. Code, the U.S. Constitution, the Code of Federal Regulations, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, the U.C.C., state constitutions and codes, etc. Another useful research site is http://www.ualr.edu/~cmbarger/Research.htm, with links to LawRunner: a Legal Research Tool, LOIS (requires password), the Martindale-Hubbell Directory, the Meta-Index for U.S. Legal Research, Process of Legal Research, THOMAS-U.S. Congress (tracks pending legislation), VersusLaw (free to law students), examples of correct formats for office memoranda, trial and appellate briefs, and electronic briefs for trial and appellate courts.

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