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Free & Low Cost Legal Research

A guide to help you conduct legal research using free and low cost resources.


Major legal research databases can be prohibitively expensive. Fortunately, there are many helpful free and low-cost resources for conducting legal research available and this guide will help you locate them.

We will mainly focus on resources for researching federal law and Washington State law. Some resources for researching the law in other states and countries are included as well.

Remember to evaluate every source you consult to determine whether it is current, accurate, and authoritative. This is particularly important when relying on free and low-cost resources.

Legal Research Databases