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Law: A Guide to Penn State Resources

This guide is a starting point for faculty and students at Penn State University. Members of the Penn State Law or Dickinson Law School communities may have additional resources available.

U.S. Constitution

Federal Statutes

A statute is the law as passed by the U.S. Congress, a State Legislature, or local government. At the local level statutes are often called ordinances. In most cases, statutory laws are published in 2 forms: a chronological form — exactly as passed by the legislature and a codified form in which the laws are arranged by topic and all superseded and repealed laws are removed.

Sources of statutory laws include:

Federal Laws

  Chronological Versions
   Codified Laws

Federal Administrative Law

The Executive Branch, federal departments and agencies, are charged with developing regulations to enforce statutes passed by congress.  These regulations are referred to as regulatory or administrative law.  Like statutes administrative regulations are published in a daily chronological version (the Federal Register) and in a codified version (Code of Federal Regulations).

Federal Register (FR)

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

Federal Courts and Case Law

About the federal courts

Key Databases

U.S. Supreme Court

Keeping up with the Court
Records, Briefs, Oral Arguments