Legal Reference Resources
This page provides links to authoritative Internet-accessible legal reference resources. In some instances, print resources available in the Pritzker Legal Research Center Reference Room will be more suitable than those listed here. Northwestern University School of Law students are especially encouraged to visit or call our Reference Desk (312-503-8450) with any legal reference questions. Users with questions that are not specifically law-related may also wish to visit our General Reference Resources page.
Note to our non-Law School visitors: Resources contained within Lexis and Westlaw require special passwords to use.
Note: for dictionaries not limited to law topics, please see the dictionaries portion of our General Reference Resources page.
- Black's Law Dictionary (7th edition) (BLACKS) is available for searching through Westlaw.
- Ballentine's Law Dictionary (3rd edition) (BTINES) is available for searching through Lexis.
- Dictionary of Law . From Oxford University Press; includes over 4,000 entries covering the Internet, world trade, divorce law, local government, property law, and consumer and data protection; focus is on the United Kingdom.
- FindLaw Legal Dictionary. A free Internet resource which draws its definitions from Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law.
- Modern Patent Law Precedent (MPATLAWP) is available for searching through Westlaw. It "provides a quick guide to over 2000 terms and concepts from patent law. Each term or concept is explained through references from case law and also may track historical developments or changes."
- West's Tax Law Dictionary (DI-TAX-WT) is available for searching through Westlaw.
Note: for directories not limited to law topics, please see the directories portion of our General Reference Resources page.
- Law schools and law faculty
Note: for the web sites of selected law school and law student associations, please see our listing of web sites from law schools, law faculty, and law students on our Legal Profession and Legal Education web sites page.
- AALS Directory of Law Teachers (WLD-AALS) is available for searching through Westlaw.
- JURIST: Law Schools A-Z. An alphabetical listing of U.S. law schools. For each school, links are provided to the school's web site, its faculty, faculty publications, library, admissions office, curriculum, and school news.
- Law Schools. From WashLaw Web. Another alphabetical listing of U.S. law schools; includes links to each school's web site, as well as address information for each school.
- Martindale-Hubbell Law School Faculty (LAWFAC) is available for searching through Lexis. Contains "a listing of the professors within [each] law school and the courses which they teach."
- Lawyers and law firms
- Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory is available for searching through Lexis. Contains information on lawyers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and other regions.
- West Legal Directory (WLD) is available for searching through Westlaw. "[C]ontains over 1,000,000 profiles of law firms, branch offices, and biographical records of lawyers from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the District of Columbia, Canada, England, and Europe."
- Martindale.com Lawyer Locator. Free Internet version of the Martindale-Hubbell product. Not as complete in coverage as the version available through Lexis.
- FindLaw: Find a Lawyer. A free site which allows one to look for either law firms or individual lawyers using the West Legal Directory.
Note: for encyclopedias not limited to law topics, please see the encyclopedias portion of our General Reference Resources page.
Legal Citation Resources
Note: for information on other citation styles, please see the citation and style guides section of our General Reference Resources page.