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This guide provides information on online resources beyond Westlaw and Lexis, and identifies pertinent resources available through the NYU Law Library
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Finding U.S. Supreme Court Opinions

There are several low and no cost options for finding Supreme Court opinions.  These sites vary in coverage and search capabilities.  Remember that it is important to update case law to ensure it is still good law, some sites may not be comprehensive. For guidance in general case law research, please visit the Case Law Research Guide.

  • Cases and Codes, Findlaw Website
    Contains a searchable database of Supreme Court opinions since 1893 and an archive of opinion summaries from 2000-present. These are not pdf versions.
  • Google Scholar
    Google Scholar has added legal opinions to its offerings, including Supreme Court opinions since 1791.
  • Public Library of Law Website
    Free online access (requires registration). Powered by Fastcase, provides access to Supreme Court opinions from 1754 to present.
  • Supreme Court Collection, LII Website
    Contains current Supreme Court decisions since 1990 and select historic decisions. Allows searching by party name, topic, and author.
  • Supreme Court Library, HeinOnline
    The site offers a pdf library of the official U.S. Reports, Preliminary Prints, and Slip Opinions of the Supreme Court.
  • Supreme Court of the United States Website
    This is the Court's official Web site. It can be searched by using a Supreme Court docket number, a lower court docket number, or a case name. The site offers electronic versions of the bound volumes of the U.S. Reports (vo. 502 - 552) and pdfs of opinions from the 2007 term to current term.
  • United States Reports, OpenJurist Website
    Contains United States Supreme Court Opinions, 1790-

Finding Other Federal Court Opinions

There are not as many low and no cost options for U.S. District Court and Court of Appeals cases, but below are links to some of the sites that provide access to these materials.

  • Cases and Codes, Findlaw Website
    Contains links to U.S. Courts of Appeals, Opinions & Resources. Coverage varies by jurisdiction.
  • Court Opinions, Bloomberg Law
    Bloomberg Law allows you to search case law and dockets, and has its own citator system for updating cases.
  • Federal Reporter Series, OpenJurist Website
    Contains U.S. Courts of Appeals decisions from 1880-present.
  • Google Scholar
    Google Scholar has added legal opinions to its offerings, including U.S. appellate, district and bankruptcy opinions since 1923. Limit your search to Federal Courts on the Advanced Search page.
  • Public Library of Law Website
    Free online access (requires registration). Includes cases from the Federal Courts of Appeals from 1950 to present.
  • U.S. Court Opinions, Fastcase
    Access to District and Appellate court cases.
  • U.S. Court Opinions, FDsys Website
    A pilot program between the U.S. GPO and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts provides access to select U.S. Appellate, District and Bankruptcy opinions from 2004 to present. Includes 2nd, 8th, and 10 Circuit Courts of Appeals, and select divisions of District Courts for 18 states.
  • U.S. Federal Case Law, Justia Website
    Contains links to both Appellate and District Court cases.
  • Federal Courts Web Archive
    An archive of materials from the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals, U.S. District Courts, U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, including slip opinions, transcripts, dockets, court rules, calendars, announcements, judicial biographies, statistics, educational resources, and reference materials.

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