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Externships & Summer Jobs: Guide to Legal Research: 50-State Law Surveys

This guide is intended to direct externs to relevant sources for completing research assignments.

Comparing Laws of Multiple States

You may be asked to compare laws from multiple states on a specific issue. Before you spend hours compiling state laws, use the below resources to research whether someone has already compiled a survey of state laws on your topic. If you locate a survey, it is very important to review and update the information.

50 State Surveys

Subject Compilations of State Laws

National Conference of State Legislatures

Internet Searches

Lastly, before you start searching the codes of all 50 states, you probably should conduct a search on the internet. Many advocacy groups have useful compilations.