More Free Legal Research

Crediting Lifehacker for the tip, Jeffrey Lewis at Nota Bene links to The Public Library of Law, which describes itself on its home page:

What is the Public Library of Law?

Searching the Web is easy. Why should searching the law be any different? That’s why Fastcase has created the Public Library of Law — to make it easy to find the law online. PLoL is the largest free law library in the world, because we assemble law available for free scattered across many different sites — all in one place. PLoL is the best starting place to find law on the Web.

What is available on PLoL?

Cases from the U.S. Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals
Cases from all 50 states back to 1997
Federal statutory law and codes from all 50 states
Regulations, court rules, constitutions, and more!

PLoL also includes free links to paid content on Fastcase. PLoL is already the Web’s largest free law library, but with additional links from Fastcase, it is one of the most comprehensive law libraries in the world.

LifeHacker ends its post with a reference that tests your internet savvy: “. . . Public Library of Law is, despite its unfortunate URL [http://www.plol.org], nothing to laugh at.” Get it?

UPDATE (2/19/08): If you don’t get the “unfortunate URL” remark, see my comment to this post for an explanation.

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  1. The URL is plol.org. “lol” is an internet acronym used mostly for “laughing out loud” but can, depending on the context, also mean “little old lady,” “lots of love,” or “lots of luck.”

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