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Legal Research

Finding & Using Law Review Articles

Law reviews are scholarly journals usually managed by law students and supported by law schools.  They contain articles by legal scholars and practitioners, notes (student pieces on a theme), and comments (student pieces on a specific case).  The American Bar Association maintains a Free Full-Text Online Law Review/Journal Search.  There are also a number of law reviews in Lexis-Nexis.

Law review articles tend to be highly scholarly, focusing on a narrow topic in depth.  Articles of 50 or more pages and 300 footnotes are not unheard of.  College students may be better served by referrals to books or online articles.