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Estate and Disability Planning Clinic: Federal Law

This guide is intended to provide research and current awareness resources for students enrolled in the Estate and Disability Planning Clinic.

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules and regulations promulgated by federal executive departments and agencies, as published in the Federal Register. The CFR is organized into 50 titles which represent broad topics. 

If researching the CFR, it is recommended that you also research the corresponding Federal Register for additional summary and explanation. You can access the CFR for free at or, you can access the CFR through any of the subscription databases, including WestlawLexis and Bloomberg Law.

If you are searching for regulations related to a specific statute, use the Parallel Table of Authorities and Rules to find the relevant regulations.

Federal Register (FR)

Federal agencies are authorized to engage in legislative-like capacity when promulgating rules and regulations pursuant to enabling statutes. The Federal Register documents the entire federal rule-making process. It is the official daily publication for the Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of federal agencies and organizations, as well as Executive Orders, Proclamations and other Presidential Documents. You can access the Federal Register for free at or you can use any of the major subscription databases including Westlaw and Lexis.

Federal Bills and Bill Tracking