Edinboro University Pre-Law Program
Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice
146 Hendricks Hall
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Edinboro, PA 16444
Law School Admissions Council (LSAC): This the first stop for information about the LSAT and the process of applying to law school
Access Group: This is the first stop for information about financing a law school education.
FantasySCOTUS: This is a fantasy league where players predict the outcome of Supreme Court cases and earn points for correct predictions.
Legal News and Opinion
Balkinization: Analysis of legal issues by several law professors who lean to the left.
How Appealing: This web site provides news and analysis of all kinds of appellate law.
Jurist: Jurist, created and maintained by the University of Pittsburgh law school, provides news and analysis across a range of legal issues. It is a great place to check in on what's currently being talked about in the law.
Law and the Multiverse: This is a great blog that analyzes legal issues raised by comic book superheroes and their powers.
Legal Theory Blog: This blog keeps readers updated on what's going on in the world of legal theory.
SCOTUSblog: This is the first stop for up-to-date information on what's going on in the United States Supreme Court. SCOTUSblog also provides excellent analysis of Supreme Court decisions and constitutional issues.
The Volokh Conspiracy: Analysis of legal issues by several law professors who lean to the right.
Resources for Legal Research
As an Edinboro student, you have access to the two primary research engines used by attorneys and legal scholars for conducting legal research: Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis. Anyone who aspires to do legal research should become familiar with how Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis work. These two search engines are excellent for researching case law and legislation, among other legal documents; furthermore, both search engines have extensive collections of "law reviews," which are scholarly journals produced by law schools, and other law-related journals.
Edinboro students also have access to the EBSCOHost "Legal Collection," which is a database with an extensive collection of law-related scholarly journals.
To access Weslaw, Lexis-Nexis, and the Legal Collection, go to the University Library's list of its electronic collections, found here.
Publicly available resources for conducting legal research, including historical research, include the following:
Avalon Project: This website, created by Yale Law School, contains famous historical legal documents, like the Magna Carta.
FindLaw: FindLaw provides accessible summaries, definitions, and explanations of legal concepts and terms across a wide range of law. If you want to get a handle, for example, on the basics parts of a criminal trial or medical malpractice law, FindLaw is a great place to start. FindLaw is also an excellent resource for accessing state legislation and summaries of the laws of a specific state in a given area (for example, if you wanted to compare abortion regulations in Pennsylvania with Ohio's).
Legal Information Institute (LII): The Legal Information Institute is an incredible resource created and maintained by Cornell Law School. In addition to access to federal and state laws of all types (including court cases, constitutions, legislation, and administrative law materials), the LII web site also contains Wex, an extensive legal encyclopedia; and the CRS Annotated Constitution, which provides a summary and analysis of each section of the U.S. Constitution.
Oyez: Oyez's primary mission is to publish audio recordings of United States Supreme Court oral arguments. Oyez also provides other documentation and information relating to the cases covered, so it is useful for doing background research on a decision. The web site also contains news and analysis of recent Supreme Court decisions.
Supreme Court Historical Society: The Supreme Court Historical Society web site contains information about the history of the Court that is useful for any student conducting research or just wanting to learn more about the U.S. Supreme Court. The site also contains useful information about how the Court works and how to conduct research on the Supreme Court and its decisions.
United States Supreme Court: This is the official site of the United States Supreme Court. It contains copies of its latest issued opinions, plus opinions and other documents going back several years. The site is also a source for information on the status of current cases (e.g., what cases have been accepted for review).