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View of Georgetown campus from the Virginia side of the Potomac

View of Georgetown campus from the Virginia side of the Potomac


This guide provides a basic introduction to U.S. legal research and to primary legal resources in the United States. Comparative and foreign research guides are also included.

Finding Case Laws

In Lauinger, the only place to find comprehensive state case law is in the database LexisNexis Academic.  You should find a case cited in a secondary source; and then locate the case in LN Academic to read the full text.   At GU Law Center, federal and state cases may be retrieved via paper copy in the federal, regional, and state reporters; or they may be found subscription access to Westlaw or Lexis.   You may determine if a case has been overturned, modified, struck down, or sustained by citing the case number in Shepherd's Citations, which is found in Lexis Nexis Academic.

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