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Research Help: Louisiana Law

Visit us in person or schedule an appointment. Read on for basic research guidance.

Those who do not know where to start

  1. The most recommended resource for public patrons that are not attorneys: Louisiana Legal Research. By Mary Garvey Algero. KFL 75 .A44 (reserve collection).
  2. Our Research Guides
    • Where to Find It: Louisiana Law – focuses on how to find primary law (statutes, codes, regulations, cases) and legislative information (bills, committee meeting information, etc.). Electronically (free and subscription) and in our print collection.
  3. Recommended Non-Loyola Research Guides

Common practitioner questions

Do you want more general or specific information?

  1. General search for subject matter:
    • Consult the Louisiana Digest. KFL 57 .W47 (reference; Reading Room; Faculty Library). Will give references to cases and statutes.
    • Students and faculty may also use a propietary database such as WestlawNext, LexisNexis, or BloombergLaw.
  2. Specific areas of the law:
    • Search for the Louisiana Practice Series published by West. . The Law Library often has more than one copy of these; usually located in the Reference area, Reserve Collection, or Faculty Library.
      • Examples: Employment Law, Family Law, Construction Law, Trial Handbook, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Divorce, etc. Browse the above search in the catalog for a complete listing.
    • Louisiana Supreme Court has a specific guide on practice aids:
    • Students and faculty may also use a propietary database such as WestlawNext, LexisNexis, or BloombergLaw.
  3. Forms.