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Genetics & the Law

Guide to support students in Genetics and the Law (Law H520) and Legal Ethical, And Social Issues in Public Health Genetics (Law H504, cross-listed in PHG, MHE, and HSERV).

Primary Legal Materials - Online

For non-law students, the best online source is Nexis Uni, which has federal and state statutes and cases.

Law students have access to LexisNexis and Westlaw.

Federal and state statutes and regulations are generally available on free government websites. See links from Free Law Online.

Cases

  • Nexis Uni: Select "Cases" in the "What are you interested in?" section, then select your jurisdiction.
  • LexisNexis Advance: Limit your search by content type by checking the "cases" box in the tab beneath the search bar.  You can further limit by practice area using the "Practice areas & Topics" tab.
  • Westlaw Next: Choose "All Federal" cases from the drop-down menu next to the search bar at the top of the page or narrow it to a specific court or circuit.

Limiting to one jurisdiction

  • Nexis Uni: Select "Cases" in the "What are you interested in?" section, then select your jurisdiction.
  • LexisNexis Advance: Limit your search to a specific jurisdiction by checking the boxes next to your state or court of interest in the "Jurisdictions" tab underneath the search box.
  • Westlaw Next: Choose "All State" cases from the drop-down menu next to the search bar at the top of the page or narrow it to a specific state.

Primary Materials - Print

Why do people still use print statutes?

It's often easier to work with statutes in print because of the way they're laid out. You can see the outline form and pick up interrelationships more easily.

State: State: The most current state statutes for Alaska, California, Oregon, and Washington are found in the Reference Area (KFA, KFC, KFO, KFW30).

Federal: The United States Code (KF62), Code of Federal Regulations (KF70), and the Federal Register (KF70) all located in the Reference Area.

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