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Introduction to Legal Research: Primary Authority - Statutes & Regulations

Class guide for Prof. Bradley's sections


Jurisdiction Session Laws and Statutory Compilations Administrative Law

U.S. Statutes at Large
United State Code (USC)

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
Federal Register (FR)


Georgia Laws
Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA)

Official Compilation Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia
Georgia Government Register


Laws of Maryland
Maryland Annotated Code (by subject)

Code of Maryland Regulations
Maryland Register


Public and Local Acts of the Legislature of the State of Michigan
Michigan Compiled Laws

Michigan Administrative Code
Michigan Register


Montana Code Annotated
Montana Code Annotated Annotations

Administrative Rules of Montana
Montana Administrative Register

New York

Laws of New York
McKinney's Consolidated Laws of New York Annotated (by subject(

Official Compilation of Code, Rules & Regulations of the State of New York
New York State Register


Laws of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Consolidated States

Pennsylvania Code
Pennsylvania Bulletin


Statute - also referred to as legislation, a positive statement of legal rules enacted by a legislature

Constitution - fundamental body of principles by which a poltical body such as a nation or state governs itself

Regulations - published under the authority of a statute that further interprets the statute and operates to carry-out the statutory intent

Court Rules - control the operation of the courts and the conduct of persons appearing before them

Administrative Rules - further detail the implementation of administrative regulations

Session Laws - the laws enacted by a state legislature at an annual or biennial session; usually published on a periodic basis during the session and then bound upon the completion of the session; generally arranged numerically or chronologically.

Codes - a compilation of enacted laws; generally arranged by subject

Ordinance - generally used to refer to the enactment of a municipal corporation; the equivalent of a municipal statute

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