Helpful Legal Resources and Links

by John Bandler

This is a start of a compilation of legal resources that I frequently refer to, or point students to. Often, I am teaching law to non-lawyers, so this is helpful for them when I tell them to cite to specific laws, regulations, or cases.

Starting points

Many of my articles and books are starting points on the law. They themselves can be cited and they explain the law in a relatively simple and straightforward manner. Then, these articles and books refer to or cite to (articles have links) to specific statutes, regulations, cases, or writings by experts in the field.

  • If you are taking a course based on one of my books, the book is the start point, and points you directly to additional legal resources. Then you need to expand from there.
  • If you are starting with one of my blog articles on this site, that too is just a start point. It will cite to and refer to other articles on this cite, and have links and legal references.

Remember that I never profess to be an expert in all things. I am just here to get you started.

Eventually, you need to find and identify authoritative legal sources. Statutes, regulations, laws.

If you are really new to law, you can start with this article (outline) Introduction to Law.

Next steps

After you have completed the starting points (above) and branched out from there, here are some next steps.

  • Google Scholar https://scholar.google.com/ (a great resource to search case law and legal articles)
  • Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page (a great resource about law, summaries of cases, but we need to understand potential limitations)
  • Internet search engines (Google, Bing, Duck Duck Go, etc.) and here you need to look for reliable, credible sources, continually assess and never blindly accept.
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Recommended sources of free information

Cornell Law's Legal Information Institution (LII), an excellent legal reference

NYS Penal Law (PL) (New York's criminal code, substantive criminal law)

NYS Criminal Procedure Law (CPL) (New York's law about the procedure of criminal arrests and prosecutions)

U.S. Department of Justice reference materials (e.g., re: cybercrime investigation)

Conclusion

This site and my books get you started and point you to additional resources. Then expand your research. The usual disclaimers as this is not legal advice.

Additional reading

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Posted 3/4/2022, updated 5/16/2022.