Louisiana in the United States

Legal Materials

The Georgetown library posts a good overview of Louisiana Louisiana Legal Resources. More links to government agencies, statutes, regulations, cases, etc. are available through FindLaw and WashLaw. Primary legal materials are also available from Lexis, Westlaw and Loislaw. Subscription services Versuslaw Fastcase have cases back to 1950; Google Scholar has cases back to 1950 for free.

Supreme and appellate court cases are reported in West’s Southern Reporter.

To check the status of a pending bill, call the Louisiana Bill Information Office at 1-800-868-3178 (in state) or 225-342-2456 (out of state).

For an introduction to Louisiana legal research, see the Guide to Louisiana Law by Francis Norton and Sara Pic at the Law Library of Louisiana and/or Louisiana Legal Research (Carolina Academic Press, 2009). For more extensive but less current discussions, see Win-Shin S. Chiang’s Louisiana Legal Research (Butterworth Legal Publishers 2d, 1990), Kate Wallach’s Louisiana Legal Research Manual (Louisiana State University Law School, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1972).

For Louisiana legislative history research, see Finding Louisiana Legislative History Materials by Charlene Cain at the LSU Law Library and/or Finding Louisiana Legislative History Materials by the Law Library of Louisiana. Practical tip: If you are looking for legislative intent,

For questions about and copies of Louisiana materials, contact the Law Library of Louisiana (504-310-2400), the Tulane Law Library (504-862-8872 reference; 504-865-5952 circulation) and/or the Law Library of Louisiana (504-310-2515 in Louisiana, or 800-820-3038 from everywhere else).

Note: We linked the resources to archive.org in an effort to decrease the number of broken links cited.

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Topics Covered by the Louisiana Legal Encyclopedia

Note: More detailed information about this State is provided in the Louisiana jurisdictional legal Encyclopedia, which tie together Louisiana statutory and case law.

Topics include:

  • Louisiana Statutes
  • LA Cases & Case Law
  • Louisiana Legal Websites
  • LA State Government Info
  • Louisiana Counties
  • Louisiana Cities
  • Louisiana Legislation
  • LA Court Reporters/Depositions
  • Louisiana Legal Forms
  • Louisiana Courts
  • Louisiana Local Court Rules
  • LA State Bar/Legal Associations
  • Louisiana Law Enforcement
  • Louisiana Media Sources


See Also

Louisiana: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

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 Louisiana. This part provides references, in relation to Louisiana, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Louisiana 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 Louisiana when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

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