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U.S. Legal Research for Non-Lawyers


Each United States jurisdiction (United States, each state) has a constitutionsession laws and a code.

Session laws are the laws of a jurisdiction collected in chronological order.  Individual U.S. laws are called Public Laws (e.g. Public Law 111-002) and individual Illinois laws are called Public Acts (e.g. Public Act 96-0073). 

A code is a subject organization of all the laws currently in force in a jurisdiction.

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