Legal Research

Legal Research

Every Office of the Staff Judge Advocate should have:

North Carolina Family Law (4 volumes) by Robert E. Lee, published by the Michie Company, Charlottesville, Virgina (invaluable for most North Carolina domestic relations questions)

North Carolina Criminal Law and Motor Vehicle Handbook (1998 Edition), published by Gould Publications of Florida, Inc., 1333 North U.S. Highway 17-92, Longwood Florida 32750-3724

North Carolina Legal Directory - Official Directory of the North Carolina State Bar, published by Legal Directories Publishing Company, Inc., 9111 Garland Road, P.O. Box 189000, Dallas, Texas 75218-9000 (almost every N.C. attorney listed with address and telephone number; lists board certified specialists;  very helpful book for finding your way around N.C. legal community)

Nice to have or at least know about:

North Carolina Crimes: A Guidebook on the Elements of Crime (4th Ed), 1996, NC Institute of Govt, edited and revised by Thomas H. Thornburg

Post-Separation Events in North Carolina Equitable Distribution, Special Series No. 11, 1993, NC IOG, Cheryl Daniels Howell

Principles of Valuation in North Carolina Equitable Distribution Actions, Special Series No. 10, revised 1993, NC IOG, Clarence E. Horton, Jr.

North Carolina Trial Practice Forms by William L. Thorp, published by The Harrison Company, 3110 Crossing Park, P.O. Box 7500, Norcross, Georgia 30091-7500

North Carolina Civil Procedure (2 volumes) by G. Gray Wilson, published by the Michie Company, Charlottesville, Virginia


North Carolina Civil Practice and Procedure by W. Brian Howell, published by The Harrison Company, 3110 Crossing Park, P.O. Box 7500, Norcross, Georgia 30091-7500

Brandis & Broun on North Carolina Evidence, 4th Edition, by Kennth S. Broun,  published by The Michie Company, P.O. Box 7587, Charlottesville, Virginia 22906-7587

Strong=s North Carolina Index 4th (30 volumes plus Index) by the Editorial Staff of the Publisher, published by The Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, Aqueduct Building, Rochester, New York 14694 (can be helpful as a quick reference into N.C. law)

Annotated Rules of North Carolina (1 volume) published annually by The Michie Company, P.O. Box 7587, Charlottesville, VA 22906-7587 (contains such items as Rules of Appellate Procedure, Code of Judicial Conduct, Rules of the State Bar, Rules of Professional Conduct)

North Carolina Digest 2d (45 volumes plus Index) published by West Publishing Company, St. Paul, Minn. (covers state decisions and federal decisions pertaining to N.C.)

North Carolina Criminal Trial Practice, Third Edition, by Ronald M. Price, published by The Harrision Company, 3110 Crossing Park, P.O. Box 7500, Norcross, Georgia 

North Carolina Pattern Instructions for Civil Cases/ for Criminal Cases published by North Carolina Conference of Superior Court Judges (can be helpful in determining elements of a cause of action or criminal offense)

State of North Carolina Session Laws and Resolutions issued by the Secretary of State (contains the latest Acts of the N.C. General Assembly)

North Carolina Administrative Code published by Barclays Law Publishers, 50 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94111  (contains rules and regulations of N.C. state agencies, boards and commissions)

North Carolina Reports (347 volumes) and North Carolina Court of Appeals Reports (126 volumes) published by North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, justice building, 2 East Morgan Street, Raleigh, NC 27602

Shepard=s North Carolina Citations (4 volumes) published by Shepard=s/McGraw-Hill,Inc., Colorado Springs, CO 80921-3630


This URL site list is intended to be useful to DoD and Coast Guard legal assistance practitioners.  The presence of any site on this list is not an endorsement by the Office of the Judge Advocate General, the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or any other agency of the United States Government.

What, exactly, is the Internet? Basically it is a global network exchanging digitized data in such a way that any computer, anywhere, that is equipped with a device called a "modem " can make a noise like a duck choking on a kazoo. This is called "logging on," and once you are "logged on," you can move the "pointer" of your "mouse" to a "hyperlink" and, simply by "clicking" on it, change your "pointer" to an "hourglass." Then you can go to "lunch," and when you come back, there, on your computer screen, as if by magic, will be at least 14 advertisements related to Beanie Babies (which currently are the foundation of the entire world economy)."

 Dave Barry, Washington Post, 22 August 1999.
Legal Mega Sites and Associations  
N.C. Institute of Government Full text articles on various areas of NC Family Law.

Judge Advocates Association

National Bar Association dedicated to military & veteran law.  Includes useful links.

ABA's Lawlink

ABA's Lawlink with selected linkds to other legal research and information resources on the internet.

ABA Division of Legal Services

Includes links to ABA Lamplighter, Dialogue (the section's quarterly newsletter), lawyer referral, legal aid.

The Retired Officer Association Home Page

Lots of useful information.

Findlaw - Internet Legal Resources

This giant, comprehensive site in the form of a search engine lets you find information on everything law related. Includes message boards, job information, and legal news. Rated best by Encyclopedia Britannica - "Comprehensive directory of legal resources. Covers law schools, legal associations and organizations, law firms and lawyers, news and reference material, and legal practice information, as well as state, federal, and international law resources and law cases and codes. FindLaw is a superb, well-organized resource dealing with all aspects of law. Among its outstanding features are its database of cases and codes, full-text searches of law reviews, the "LegalMinds" community area, and career resources from the Center for Professional Development in the Law."

The American Law Sources Online! (ALSO!)

A good source for detailed information on North American law. Query by jurisdiction: federal (either U.S., Mexico, or Canada), state, or province. For each jurisdiction, it has links to source texts, commentaries on the law, and practice aids. This site has online sources that are free of charge, and it also has a search function to help you compile a list of links.

Worldwide Legal Information Association

This site has some unique basic content, such as a legal dictionary. It also includes the history of law, as well as specifics on laws in Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. It even has an area called LAWKids Only, which includes simple, everyday descriptions of what law is and why we have it.
Links, Services, & Publications  

Government on Line

Lots of links.

Law Crawler - Legal Search Information

Comprehensive legal search site.

MetaIndex for U.S. Legal Research

Links to legal search sites.

The Virtual Chase

A research site for legal professionals more than 400 pages of information about Internet resources and research strategies. Designed especially for lawyers and other experienced legal researchers.
Federal Law  

U.S. Code

Searchable by title and section, from Cornell's Legal Information Institute (LII)

U.S. Constitution

Sorted by article, from Cornell's LII.

Library of Congress


4th Circuit Court of Appeals

State Law & Courts  

FindLaw:  State

State law links at FindLaw

Legal Ethics by State

From Cornell's LII.
Federal/State Agencies  

White House

White House home page; includes interactive Citizens' Handbook for searching on federal government.

Thomas-Legislative Information on the Internet

Comprehensive Legislative Information site.

The US Senate Home Page

Committees, senators and other information.

The U.S. House of Representatives Home Page

Committees, representatives and other information.

National Legal Aid and Defender Association

Criminal Defense

Victim-Assistance Online

Emotional support and assistance for crime and tragedy survivors

Social Security Home Page

Has informative pubs; can request a copy of Personal Earnings & Benefits Estimate Statement.

VA Home Page


Federal Information Center

Massive information site

Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement

Find the Office of Child Support Enforcement, Division of Consumer Services' Child Support Report on the web at
.  This site also includes links to state IV-D program web sites.

Global Information Locator Service


Federal Judicial Center

Publications, educational and court links

Federal Voting Assistance Site

See the 1998-99 Voting Assistance Guide & a Voting Assistance Newsletter, How to Do it! - Vote Absentee, to obtain an election calendar (by month or state), toll-free voter assistance phone numbers from CONUS and OCONUS, and links to Federal Government and Related web sites:

US State & Local Government Gateway

Foreign/International Law Resources  

Cornell's Legal Information Institute

A selective guide to web sites providing links to texts of laws and court decisions, international documents, directories, trade information, and/or statistics. Initially a training handout for law students, this guide has developed into a dynamic tool for faculty and law students, legal practitioners and business professionals. The annotations, describing the arrangement of information at the site and highlighting noteworthy links, is unique among web guides and is a powerful tool for the researcher.

Washburn University School of Law Library

Links to primary foreign/international legal resources, research aids, and sites useful in conducting research in these areas of the law.

Military Sites  


DOD's home page with many links; includes subscription for Defense news e-letters.

DoD Pubs site

The DoD Pubs page.  Links to DoD directives, the MCM and UCMJ.

Defense Technical Information Center


Army Home Page


HQDA Home Page


US Army Publishing Home Page

Official Army publications site (ARs, Pamphlets, Circulars, Forms)

Army Review Boards Agency


USAF publications

Official AF publications site
Military Legal Assistance Sites  

Army JAGC Home Page

Links to Army lawyer's online articles, plus other legal resources.

3d ID (Ft Stewart)


Navy JAG Home Page


Pearl Harbor

Select Legal Services, then Legal Assistance.

We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.

Professor Edward O. Wilson, Consilience, 1998

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