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Law: United States

a guide to resources for the study of U.S. law.

Forms of Statutory Law

A statute is the law as passed by the U.S. Congress.

Federal laws are published in two forms:

  • The United States Statutes at Large (STAT)
    The text of each federal law, in the exact language enacted by Congress, in chronological order.

  • The United States Code (USC)
    A codification of federal statutes, rearranged by:

    • integrating each original law with its amendments
    • presenting all subdivisions of existing federal statutes in topical order
    • eliminating all repealed, superceded, or expired laws

United States Statutes at Large



United States Code