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

Law-Making Process

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Finding Federal Laws

If you are looking for current U.S. law, start with:
United States Code Annotated, available on Lexis Nexis Academic (United States Code Service-USCS) and Westlaw Campus Next Research (United States Code Annotated).
which is arranged by subject in titles.
Look up subtopics in the Index.  Look up individual laws by name in the Popular Name Table

A free version of the United States Code is available from the Office of Law Revision Counsel.

If you want to look at the original laws as they were passed, you can find them arranged by date here:
1789 to 2016 in Statutes at Large (unofficial version)

Finding New York Laws

If you are looking for current New York State laws, start here:

West's McKinney's Consolidated Laws of New York Annotated

Arranged by subject and updated with pocket parts in the back of each volume and paper supplements. Use the Index for subtopics and Popular Name Table to find laws by name.  Available in Westlaw Next Campus Research.

An unannotated version of the New York Code is available on the New York State website.

New York City Constitution, Charter and Administrative Code

For text and passage history of individual New York City laws (known as local laws), see the website of the New York City Council.

Helpful NYC law sites:   NYC Building & Construction Codes  |  NYC Zoning Maps & Law  |  NYC Motorist Highway & Traffic Rules