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LEGAL PORTALS, DIRECTORIES AND META SITES: Sponsored by Academic, Association & Librarian Organizations

Virtual Chase (

Virtual Chase was owned by Philadelphia law firm Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP and the content was generated primarily by Law Librarian and Web Manager Genie Tyburski. The site started as a hobby in 1996 and has grown to be one of the most authoritative free legal research portals relied on by legal professionals and librarians for Internet research. The site offers, articles, research guides on specific topics, annotated research links, research tutorials and resources for legal professionals and legal research trainers. Virtual Chase also offers a free research update newsletter on covering new resources and developments.  Virtual Chase is being transferred to new ownership under Justia as of October 2008.

Law Library Resource Exchange (

LLRX is operated by a fellow law librarian and features articles by law librarians, attorneys, legal technology specialists.  It has topical resource guides, links to federal and state court dockets and forms and much more.  LLRX was started in 1996 and has consistently been a trusted Legal Research Portal recognized by legal publishers, law librarians and attorneys consistently for its quality.  LLRX also offers a free monthly email alert that highlights new articles featured on the website.

Legal Information Institute @ Cornell Law School (

LII is a non-profit institute operated by Cornell Law School and started in 1992 with a mission to carry out applied research on the use of digital information technology in the distribution of legal information, the delivery of legal education, and the practice of law.  LII is best known for its clearinghouse of statutes from most states, searchable US Code and US Supreme Court opinions.  Most content on LII can be found by searching from it’s home page or clicking on the left hand navigation bar to link to its content organized by jurisdiction and topic.

Hieros Gamos (

HG, one of the first Legal Research Portals, was founded in 1995 by Lex Mundi and network of independent law firms.  HG’s focus is to make online legal and government information available to legal professionals and the general public.  HG is a very content rich site and a good starting point for legal research.  It contains sections on legal associations, experts, legal profession and primary law for both US and International jurisdictions.

Legal Association Sites

 Association of Trial Lawyers research links:

ABA Law Link:

Lists of bar associations to locate your local or state bar’s website:

LEGAL PORTALS, DIRECTORIES AND META SITES: Sponsored by Government & Legal Publishers

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