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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.

Special Event

Lessons Learned from the Life of Constance Baker Motley: A Conversation with Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin to Celebrate The Law Library of Congress’ 190th Anniversary.

Thursday, July 14, 2022, at 3:00pm EDT
To sign up for this webinar, please visit this registration page external link.

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, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. For further questions, please use our Ask a Librarian service.

Classes offered will rotate through topics like the following:

  • 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.
  • 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 Classes:

U.S. Federal Statutes
Thursday, June 9, 2022, at 11:00am EDT
To sign up for this webinar, please visit this registration page external link.

Federal Legislative History, July 14, 2022
Tracing Federal Regulations, August 11, 2022
U.S. Case Law, September 8, 2022
U.S. Federal Statutes, October 6, 2022
Federal Legislative History, November 3, 2022
Tracing Federal Regulations, December 1, 2022

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 Classes:

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at 1:00pm EDT
Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 1:00pm EDT
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 1:00pm EDT

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 Classes:

Thursday, June 30, 2022, at 2:00pm EDT
To sign up for this webinar, please visit this registration page external link.

Thursday, August 25, 2022, at 2:00pm EDT
Thursday, October 13, 2022, at 2:00pm EDT

Lunch and Learn Webinar Series

Our Lunch and Learn Webinar Series takes a deep dive into the Law Library's collections and other legal research subjects, exploring topics such as rare materials in our collection and the United States Serial Set.

Upcoming Classes:

An Overview of Public International Law
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 1:00pm EDT
To sign up for this webinar, please visit this registration page external link.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at 1:00pm EDT

Download full 2022 schedule

Public Hours

Monday through Saturday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Retrieval service ends at 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays & Federal Holidays

Location

101 Independence Ave SE
James Madison Building
Room LM 242
Washington, DC 20540-3129
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