Law, Part 1 : Finding U.S. Laws, Cases & Regulations

How U.S. law is made

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Laws are enacted by Congress and state legislatures and usually approved by the President or Governor.

Rules and regulations are issued by executive departments and agencies under law and the President's authority.

 

Cases are decided by the courts (judiciary) in accordance with established law.  The judiciary consists of the federal court system and the individual state court systems.

The Law Collection at Newman Library

The Newman Library has a basic United States law collection that includes:

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The Constitution

                 

The United States Constitution is the foundation of United States law. The Interactive Constitution, produced by the National Constitution Center, is a searchable version of the Constitution with commentary and links to the Supreme Court cases that have interpreted its meaning over time.

In our Library: Landmark Decisions of Constitutional Law / by Paul Finkelman
The People's Guide to the U.S. Constitution/ by Dave Kluge.
CQ Encyclopedia of U.S. Government (electronic) 

Subject Guide

Law Guide Created by

This guide was created by Ellen Kaufman, a very experienced law librarian, who has left the Newman Library.  Inquiries may be directed to Rita Ormsby, who is serving as the library's law liasion.