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Finding Supreme Court Cases

In print:

United States Reports - Contains rulings of the Supreme Court. The Blume Library has 1963-present (volumes 375 - present). There is usually a lag of several years, so recent cases will not be available in this printed format. 

    Location: US Docs Ju 6.8: (middle aisle, main floor)

LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe - full-text online source of legal and news information. Accessible through this link only on the St. Mary's University campus. For access to these indexes from off campus locations, read and follow the Restricted Databases Instructions for Use (limited to current students and faculty).

For Supreme Court cases, select Legal Research, then the Federal Case Law Category. 

  • To search by topic, enter a brief topic in the Keyword field.
  • Make sure you select an appropriate time period under "Date"!
  • Click on Search to start the search.
  • Select the Get a Case Category if you know one or both party's names in the case (plaintiff, petitioner, defendent, or respondent), or are certain about the citation.

Freely available sites

FindLaw: Supreme Court Opinions (1893-present, volumes 150-present of United States Reports) one of the most comprehensive Supreme Court opinion sites. 

The following links are provided as alternative sites: 

  • Decisions of the US Supreme Court (1937-1975, volumes 300-422 of United States Reports) also known as FLITE (Federal Legal Information Through Electronics). 
  • Federal and State Judicial Opinions links organized by Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute. 
  • Fed Law links to selected Supreme, Circuit, and District Courts opinions and information. 
  • US Judicial Branch Resources  links to Supreme Court, Circuit Court, and State Court opinions.  Also links to the Constitution, US Statutes, and Regulations. 

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    created July 15, 1997; updated October 12, 1999
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