Law Legal Research Guide Law and Legal Definition

Legal research and writing is a time consuming component of practicing law necessary to draft memoranda and briefs, and prepare for court hearings, negotiations and other matters requiring the attorney’s personal time and attention. Legal research requires the use of special tools and publications.

Some of these resources include:

  • Factual Research
  • Case Law
  • Statutory Law
  • Regulatory Law
  • State Law
  • Foreign Law
  • International Law
  • Civil Court Records
  • Court Dockets
  • Criminal Records

Increasingly, legal professionals are conducting legal research electronically, through the use of the Internet and specialized legal research services such as Lexis and Westlaw.