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Onsite Classes

The Law Library of Congress currently offers two types of in-person classes: Orientation to Legal Research Series and Orientation to Law Library Collections.

We are not offering onsite classes at this time. Please register for our online webinars in US Law and Foreign Law, and watch our webinar recordings until such time as we can post future dates of onsite classes.

Legal Research Classes in Washington, D.C.

The Orientation to Legal Research Series of classes are designed to give a basic introduction to legal sources and research techniques. These orientations, taught by legal reference librarians, are typically offered once a month on a rotating basis, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. There are three classes in this series, including:

  • U.S. Case Law – This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. case law research, including information about the U.S. federal court system, the publication of court opinions, methods for researching case law, and information about locating records and briefs.
  • U.S. Federal Statutes – This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. statutory and legislative research, including information about how to find and use the U.S. Code, the U.S. Statutes at Large, and U.S. federal bills and resolutions.
  • Tracing Federal Regulations – This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. federal regulations, including information about the notice and comment rulemaking process, the publication and citation of regulations, and the tracing of regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations, to the proposed rule in the Federal Register, to the regulation’s docket.

The Orientation to Law Library Collections is designed for patrons who are familiar with legal research, and would instead prefer an introduction to the collections and services specific to the Law Library of Congress. These one-hour orientations are taught once a month by legal reference librarians from the Law Library of Congress.

The Orientation to Law Library Collections class is also offered on two Saturdays a year. To find more information about these classes and to sign up, please visit the Saturday Classes for Researchers page.

Prior to attending any in-person class, patrons will need to obtain a Library of Congress Registration Card.

For further information or to request specific orientations, please email

Last Updated: 11/03/2020

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