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The laws passed by the Louisiana Legislature are compiled in a set of books called the Louisiana Statutes Annotated (LSA). Copies of the LSA can be found at the following locations in the library using the call number KFL 30.5 .W4 A2:

  • 1st floor: on reserve at circulation
  • 2nd floor: reference—range 205B
  • 3rd floor: carrel shelves near the main elevator

Find Statutes

There is a three-volume paperback index to the LSA, usually shelved at the end of the entire set. You can use the index to look up words related to the subject you need to research and locate statutes on that subject. Also, there are other indexes within the main volumes of the LSA itself.

In addition to the text of the law, there are other useful research references (annotations) included. You may see references to other books such as legal encyclopedias (or other secondary sources) and cross-references to other LSA sections.

You may also find case annotations—short summaries of court cases from LA that in some way deal with the statute. Cases can be useful examples of how courts apply statutes to specific legal situations.

When you find a statute that is useful, you need to check to see if there have been any changes to that statute. The entire LSA is not republished every year to include new laws passed by the Legislature. Instead, an annual set of pocket parts (supplements) are published with new laws and placed in the back of the relevant volumes.

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For more information on Louisiana laws, in print and online, see the research Guide, "Louisiana Law and Related Materials." Recent Louisiana laws can be found online at the Louisiana Legislature's website, legis.la.gov - select "Laws" on the top menu.