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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    • eliminating all repealed, superceded, or expired laws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


In addition to Westlaw and Nexis Uni (listed on the Primary databases page) the following resources are useful for locating statutes.


United States Code