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Research Guide for Institute for Justice Entrepreneurship Clinic

Comparing Jurisdictions

A 50 State Survey is a secondary source that allows you to compare the state law for different areas of law. This is a great tool for researching a legal issue across state jurisdictions. 

  • State Q&A: this tool on Practical Law allows you to pick an area of law and compare different state laws. This is a tool that allows you to, in essence, build a secondary source that compares the state law for a specific area of law (e.g. compare requirements for starting an S Corporation in Delaware, Illinois, and Indiana).
  • 50 State Surveys: 50 state surveys essentially take a practice area (e.g. environmental law) and provides a list of the applicable statutes and regulations in each state, as well as the applicable federal statutes. This is another tool that brings together information about different jurisdictions in one place. These databases are available on Westlaw and Lexis Advance
  • Chart Builder on Bloomberg Law: this tool is similar to the State Q&A in Practical Law, except that the results are displayed in an easy to read chart. To find the Chart Builder, choose a practice area on Bloomberg, then choose a topic, and finally choose the jurisdictions.
  • Cheetah - has Smart Charts comparing state laws on corporate law, securities, banking, tax, intellectual property, and other areas of law
  • ALR: ALRs (referenced in the Legal Research Review tab) typically compares how different states have examined a subject area, so this is another place to compare how different jurisdictions interpret a legal question.

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