Tomorrow’s Scholarship Today

facultypubs-300x200Want to read the latest legal scholarship before it is actually published? If you answered yes, then the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is your ticket to paradise. Scholars from around the world submit abstracts and upload working papers on SSRN prior to publication in books, journals, and magazines.

In addition to staying abreast of current developments, you can also use SSRN to follow the scholarship of faculty at your own institution. You can access the working papers of the Georgia State University College of Law faculty by going to our SSRN Research Paper Series webpage, Georgia State University College of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series.

The Supreme Court 2015 Term

United_states_supreme_court_buildingIt’s October, which means the Supreme Court of the United States is back in business. The Court began hearing oral arguments on  Monday, October 5th. The following are a few helpful resources for those interested in keeping up with the latest term of the Court.

For those interested in learning more about the Court, the Law Library has several books on the Court:

Defining Legal Terms

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The course readings for the first couple of weeks of law school can be tough for new students due to the use of latin phrases and “legalese” in court opinions. Legal dictionaries are a great source to consult when trying to define legal terms. Not only will legal dictionaries define a term, but they may also give an example of how the term is used, as well as provide references to cases, statutes, or secondary sources that relate to the term.

Below are a couple of legal dictionaries available in the Law Library and online.

ALERT Program

The Law Library is rolling out a new program this fall called the Applied Legal Experience, Research, & Technology (ALERT) Program. The ALERT Program is a non-credit program that provides students with additional opportunities to learn advanced legal research and technology skills outside of the College of Law’s curriculum. By completing the ALERT Program, students can demonstrate to potential employers that they have obtained practice ready skills that will enable them to hit the ground running.

To get more information about the ALERT Program, check out the program’s webpage.

We will be holding an information session about the program on Wednesday, August 26th, at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Food will be provided, so please RSVP if you plan to attend.

RSVP: 12 p.m., Room 241

RSVP: 5 p.m., Room 346


Social Security Amendments of 1965

On this day in 1965,  President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Amendments of 1965 into law. This act is notable because provisions within it created Medicare and Medicaid.

Social Security Amendments of 1965, Pub. L. No. 89-97, 79 Stat. 286 (1965) (full-text of act).

For more information on the Social Security Amendments of 1965, consult the following online sources:

We also have several books in the Law Library that cover this act.


Free Federal Legal Research Resources

While many attorneys utilize Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, or WestlawNext to conduct federal legal research, there are plenty of free options that researchers can use to conduct legal research. Below is a selected list of free resources, organized by source type.

For additional resources, consult our Free Legal Resources research guide.

Constitution of the United States of America

United States Code

U.S. Congress Bills, Resolutions, and Reports

Code of Federal Regulations

Federal Register

Federal Case Law

  • Google Scholar (U.S. federal district, appellate, tax and bankruptcy courts since 1923 and US Supreme Court cases since 1791).

Secondary Sources (Analysis & Commentary on the Law)

Research Guides

Final Exams

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Summer 2015 Exams begin next week for the College of Law. To help you prepare for exams, here are links to some of our best blog posts over the past couple years on exam prep.

For the most up-to-date information on exams, consult the Exam Information webpage maintained by the Registrar’s Office.