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U.S. Law Webinars

The Law Library offers several recurring series of classes regarding U.S. legal research, including: the Orientation to Legal Research Series (focused on introductions to legal resources and research techniques), the Orientation to Law Library Collections Series (which offers an overview of the Law Library’s unique collections and services researchers can use to conduct legal and legislative research), the Lunch and Learn Series (providing deep dives into certain Law Library collections), and the Congress.gov Overview (which discusses how to perform searches and use new features of the official legislative information system for Congress). This page includes further information about these webinars, as well as regarding Law Library special online events.

Current Offerings:

Special Event

Voices of Democracy: Law Day 2024
April 25, 2024, 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

In a democracy, the people rule. A truly functioning democracy relies on the diverse voices and opinions of its citizens. It also highlights the need for active participation and engagement in political processes, and everyday commitment to rule of law, in order to ensure that everyone's voices are heard and represented. Around the world, governments and their constituents are in conversation about how to increase civic access and participation to shape more inclusive and equitable society where everyone has the opportunity to contribute to decision-making and governance.

This moderated panel discussion will showcase a variety of contemporary democratizing measures from around the world that rely on and elevate diverse voices. that are working toward these goals.

Please register here.

Orientation to Legal Research Webinar Series

The Orientation to Legal Research Series is 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. For further questions, please use our Ask a Librarian service.

Classes offered will rotate through topics like the following:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Federal Legislative History – This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. federal legislative history resources, including information about the methods of identifying and locating them. In tackling this area of research, the focus will largely be on finding these documents online.
  • 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.

Upcoming Webinars:

U.S. Federal Statutes: May 9, 2024, 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
To sign up for this webinar, please visit this registration page.

U.S. Case Law: June 6, 2024, 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
To sign up for this webinar, please visit this registration page.

Future Webinars:

Federal Legislative History: July 11, 2024, 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Tracing Federal Regulations: Aug 8, 2024, 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
U.S. Federal Statutes: Sept 5, 2024, 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
U.S. Case Law: Oct 8, 2024, 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Federal Legislative History: Nov 7, 2024, 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Tracing Federal Regulations: Dec 5, 2024, 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Orientation to Law Library Collections

The Orientation to Law Library Collections Webinar 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. This webinar is an online version of the one-hour onsite orientations taught by legal reference librarians from the Law Library of Congress, and will cover digital resources available through the Law Library’s website as well as those available onsite.

Upcoming Webinars:

May 16, 2024, 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
To sign up for this webinar, please visit this registration page.

Future Webinars:

July 25, 2024, 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Sept 19, 2024, 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Nov 14, 2024, 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Congress.gov

This orientation is designed to give a basic overview of Congress.gov. While the focus of the session will be searching legislation and the Congressional member information associated with the legislation, the new features of Congress.gov will be highlighted. Congress.gov webinar sessions are on Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m.

Upcoming Webinars:

June 20, 2024, 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
To sign up for this webinar, please visit this registration page.

Future Webinars:

Aug 22, 2024, 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Oct 10, 2024, 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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