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FindLaw's Fans Include Law Librarians of Congress

By Andrew Chow, Esq. on March 05, 2013 3:06 PM

Check this out: Law librarians with the nation's (and the world's) largest library are apparently fans of FindLaw.

How do we know this? Because the Library of Congress touted FindLaw's free legal resources in one of its latest blog posts, entitled "How to Locate Free Case Law on the Internet."

The post lists FindLaw as one of "the most prominent" free resources "for tracking down electronic case law." While three other websites were also mentioned, the librarians had the most to say about FindLaw.

In the LOC's write up, librarians Robert Brammer and Barbara Bavis specifically point to FindLaw's Cases and Codes, a virtual repository of U.S. Supreme Court and federal appeals court decisions, along with select state supreme court cases as well.

When looking up cases, the Law Librarians of Congress seemed especially pleased by FindLaw's full-text search feature. They also highlighted a few other ways to browse our online compendium of cases, such as by court, by company, by industry, or by legal topic.

The librarians' praise also came with one bit of practical advice: While using FindLaw to find cases can be a cost-effective first step, lawyers and researchers may still need to Shepardize the cases they find, to make sure they're still good law and haven't been overturned.

Of course FindLaw doesn't just offer free cases and codes, which are primarily accessed by legal professionals. We're also the No. 1 free website for everyday legal consumers looking to learn more about the law.

Getting FindLaw's free Cases and Codes mentioned in the librarians' blog post goes hand-in-hand with our mission to be the most helpful and most accessible legal resource online. As FindLaw's been around for 17 years now, you could say the Library of Congress' recognition is a bit "overdue."

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