Attorney General Opinions

Attorney General Opinions in the United States

Legal Materials

Here are some options for getting attorney general opinions if what you need isn’t available in your library.

Free Web Sites: The Department of Justice posts selected U.S. Attorney General opinions. AG opinions for most states are posted on the Web site of the state’s Attorney General’s office. Links to state AG websites are posted by the National Association of Attorney Generals. For state-specific information, see entries for individual states by name.

Online Databases: U.S. Attorney General opinions are available back to 1791 onLexis (GENFED;USAG) and Westlaw (USAG), Loislaw and Hein Online. AG opinions from all states are searchable on Lexis, Westlaw and Hein Online. Other options for state AG options: Loislaw and LLMC Digital, which is available through many academic library websites and some other larger law libraries (e.g., Jenkins Law Library, New York Law Institute).

Document Delivery/ILL: Borrow the volumes or get copies of opinions from a law school library in the respective state (see the relevant state entry in this Guide). Note: U.S. Attorney General opinions are published in Official Opinions of the Attorneys General of the United States.

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Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Attorney General Opinions. This part provides references, in relation to Attorney General Opinions, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Attorney General Opinions by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Attorney General Opinions and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Attorney General Opinions or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Attorney General Opinions and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Attorney General Opinions. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Attorney General Opinions should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Attorney General Opinions when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

Law in Other Regions

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