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Research resources for law enforcement professionals, curated by the FLETC Legal Division.
DOJ Cyber Crimes Manual
FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
State Laws on Taping Conversations and Phone Calls
FindLaw (Free case and law search)

Academic Sites

Legal Information Institute at Cornell  

Valuable web site that contains U.S. Federal legal materials to include the U.S. Code, Supreme Court decisions, the Code of Federal Regulations, state law by topic and material available from other Internet-accessible sites.

Citations to legal authority

Format for properly citing legal authority.

Washlaw WEB at Washburn University

Contains a broad range of legal topics that link to an assortment of online legal information.

Meta-Index for Legal Research at Georgia State University College of Law

This site is different than the above-mentioned menu-type directories at Washburn and Indiana. The Meta-Index gathers search utilities from various web sites, enabling you to run searches in the full text of a number of online legal resources.

Law reviews, journals and periodicals

This web site connects legal professionals to more national and regional legal publications online including The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, New York Law Journal and Legal Times.

FLETC Legal Division

Legal Resources of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Subscribe to the The Federal Law Enforcement Informer, a compilation of briefs and legal articles useful to law enforcement officers.

Association and Organization

American Bar Association

The web site of the American Bar Association provides important information on membership, committees, publications, officers and events. It also serves as a central resource on the law for lawyers and consumers.

Hieros Gamos

This web site lists a wide assortment of links to legal resources on the internet. It has an organization section divided into the following directories: world governments, legal associations, law study, law library, prominent law firms, practice areas, employment, publications, free listings, legal directories and other legal sites.

National Conference of State Legislatures

This site contains information from the web sites of all 50 state Legislatures, the District of Columbia and the territories.  Specific web site material such as bills, constitutions, issue reports, statutes, etc. may be viewed from all states, a selected list of states or one state.

The National Institute of Justice

The National Institute of Justice is the research and development agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and is the only federal agency solely dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues. NIJ provides objective, independent, and non-partisan, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the state and local levels.



AELE – Americans for Effective Law Enforcement

AELE is a research driven education organization that produces and disseminates police and public safety materials.

The Legal Officers Division of the International Association of Chiefs of Police

The Legal Officers Division of IACP is made up of municipal attorneys, prosecutors and private attorneys who concentrate in police legal issues.

Government Sites



Contains the current manual on electronic search and seizure and current manual available on prosecuting intellectual property crimes. It also contains cases and policies on computer crime, intellectual property crime, cyberethics documents, and other cybercrime legal and policy issues.

Municipal Code 

A common reference for local government attorneys looking for ordinance language.  This web site contains codes for more than 1,000 local governments in searchable online databases.

U.S. Courts

The federal judiciary web page with links to all federal circuits, which is maintained by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

GPO Access

The web site of the U.S government printing office has a vast assortment of online federal materials.

The U.S. government’s official web page with links to web pages from the federal government, state and local governments and foreign nations.

U.S. Department of Justice 

Department of Justice homepage that accesses antitrust, civil, civil rights, criminal, environmental, immigration and other appellate briefs, case filings, DOJ publications and the U.S. Attorneys Manual.


Legislative information on the internet including roll call, committees, bill activity, and more from the Library of Congress.

Prosecutors Online

Find links to more than 1,500 websites of prosecutors, attorney generals, and U.S. attorneys as well as legal search engines and sites providing investigation aids.

Company and Publisher Sites


FindLaw, owned by West Group, combines a vast directory of sites, a law-oriented web search engine (LawCrawler), a full text library of case law, and a variety of communication forums, such as message boards, free individual web sites, and free e-mail. LawCrawler allows users to do simple Boolean searches in law related resources. FindLaw provides the most complete free database of U.S. Supreme Court opinions on the web, going back to 1906. Researchers can use FindLaw to do full-text searches of law reviews and journals that are available on the Internet.  Free newsletters are also available at the FindLaw site in almost any subject area.

A free (requires registration) service of LexisNexis, the online legal research service, includes free U.S. Supreme Court and selected federal and state court searching, forms, and other services. To use premium options such as Shepard’s, you may pay as you go.

Electronic Clipping Services

Both WestLaw and LexisNexis have electronic clipping services that allows you to follow the developments of topics of interest. Searches can be automatically updated daily, weekly, or monthly. Results may be viewed online or can be e-mailed to you.


Materials include state professional library and the national collection which are organized by case law, statutes and acts, administrative code/regulations, court rules, other libraries (attorney general opinions, ethics opinions, jury instructions) and Bar/CLE publications. Other services include LOIS LawWatch, which is an electronic clipping service for cases and statutes using your search terms and the Daily Opinion Service which is a clipping service for slip opinions by topic. Free trial subscription.

Ethics and Professional

National Institute of Ethics

A non-profit organization promoting ethics and integrity. The Institute provides training that prevents unethical acts by law enforcement and corrections officers.

Institute for Law Enforcement Administration

The Center for Law Enforcement Ethics was organized to focus attention on ethical issues that go to the heart of policing.

This site was created in 1995 to help lawyers understand the unique ethical issues the internet posed. It tracks state and local ethics rulings relating to the internet, and maintains a comprehensive collection of ethics-related links.

The Cornell Legal Information Institute’s American Legal Ethics Library

The digital library contains both the codes or rules setting standards for the professional conduct of lawyers and commentary on the law governing lawyers, organized on a state by state basis.

Employment Law

U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission


U.S. Department of Labor


Employment Law Case Headlines



Counter-terrorism Training and Resources for Law Enforcement

This web site was formed to examine counter-terrorism tools available to law enforcement  and first responder communities. It serves as a single point of access to counter-terrorism training opportunities and related materials available from the federal government as well as private and non-profit resources.


Articles, columns, information on the very latest trends for presenters. Free magazine and a weekly e-newsletter of timely news for presenters.

Training Magazine

Excellent resource for trainers and presenters.


Additional Legal Research Starting Points

Legal and Technology Articles and Resources 

A web site that contains law and technology resources for legal professionals. This site is updated regularly with articles and columns on legal research, technology and management. Contributors include law librarians, attorneys and legal technology consultants. is the home of American Law Sources On-Line which provides a comprehensive, uniform, and useful compilation of links to freely accessible on-line sources of law for the United States and Canada.

Internet Tools for Lawyers

Internet Tools for Lawyers is a web site designed to help legal professionals use the internet.

This site combines legal research resources with online community resources, such as free home pages and law-related chat rooms.

American Lawyer Media’s

The web site connects legal professionals to more national and regional legal publications online including The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, New York Law Journal and Legal Times.  Anyone may register for the free newsletter which delivers top legal news electronically.

National Center for State Courts

Links to state court web sites, which contain state Supreme Court and Appellate Court decisions.