Sources for legal research
Any justice or justice-related professional at some point in their career will need to find primary legal resources, such a state or federal statute, or an appellate court case. There also are secondary legal sources that are useful, such as law journals or review articles.
In northern Nevada, there are two public law libraries:
- The Washoe County Law Library, 75 Court St. in Reno, is open daily and evenings. Call (775) 328-3250 for current operating hours.
- The Nevada Supreme Court Law Library is located in Carson City at 201 S. Carson St. It is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information, call (775) 684-1640.
State law websites
- The Nevada Legislature: Access the latest information on Nevada legislative sessions, including the status of bills and past sessions. From this site, users also can link to the state law library and research Nevada's current statutes - Nevada Revised Statutes - as well as the State's Administrative Code.
- The Nevada Supreme Court: Provides information on the state's courts and also a link to the state online law library.
Legal research websites
- Cornell University Law School's Legal Information Institute (LII)
- Findlaw.com is one of the best known sites that focuses on general legal information for the public. People also can click on links to the legal professional site for legal research of primary resources by jurisdiction or topic.
If students are interested in learning more about legal resources and research, the Department of Criminal Justice offers a five-week, one-credit course each spring semester (CRJ 126: Legal Research and Method).