Finding Illinois Law

Finding Illinois Law: A Librarian’s Guide for Non-Lawyers

The CALL Government Relations Committee is proud to publish the second edition of Finding Illinois Law: A Librarian’s Guide for Non-Lawyers. Recognizing that legal research is a specialized skill practiced by attorneys and law librarians, but that the general public often has a need to locate and understand legal information, the Committee presents this guide as a tool to aid non-lawyers.

Download the complete guide (pdf)

Finding Illinois Law: A Librarian’s Guide for Non-Lawyers (2d ed. 2021)

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Chapter 1: Introduction to the United States Legal System by Konya L. Moss

Chapter 2: How to Read Legal Citations by Maribel Nash (updated by Sarah Reis)

Chapter 3: Statutes by Ramsey Donnell

Chapter 4: Cases by Jamie Sommer (updated by Bridgette Thoma)

Chapter 5: Administrative Law by Deborah Darin (updated by Philip Johnson)

Chapter 6: Municipal Law: Cook County and the City of Chicago by Walter Baumann (updated by Lisa Winkler)

Chapter 7: Researching Outside of Illinois: The Laws of Indiana and Wisconsin by Heidi Frostestad Kuehl

Chapter 8: Illinois Legislative History by Jean Wenger

Chapter 9: Free and Low-Cost Legal Research Resources by Tom Keefe

Chapter 10: Avoiding the Unauthorized Practice of Law by Tom Gaylord (updated by Ariel Scotese)

Chapter 11: Where to Seek Additional Help by Victor Salas

Chapter 12: Recommended Publishers & Resources by Joseph Mitzenmacher (updated by Sarah Walangitan)

Previous edition of the guide (pdf)

Finding Illinois Law: A Librarian’s Guide for Non-Lawyers (1st ed. 2012)

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