Up-to-the-minute legal developments are monitored most effectively by using a variety of electronic current awareness sources. Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, Westlaw and a number of Internet resources provide daily updates on both federal and state legal developments and also monitor foreign and international legal developments in a timely manner. Follow the paths suggested below.
Sources for Finding Circuit Splits
Searching for Circuit Splits in U.S. Court of Appeals Case Law Databases
Try these sample searches of U.S. Court of Appeals Cases and filter your results by date to locate recent decisions:
Bloomberg Law: court or circuit s/ split
Lexis Advance: court or circuit w/s split
Westlaw: court or circuit /s split
Following Federal & State Public Policy, Legislative & Regulatory Developments
Consult Legal Newspapers
The following legal newspaper is especially useful because of its currency and national scope.
For regional, state, or local topics consult legal newspapers from the relevant region or jurisdiction. Some important regional legal newspapers are:
Consult Blogs/Web Sites
The following blogs can help track news and developments in the law, including jurisdictional controversies. Other legal blogs can be identified by going to the Blawg Directory or the ABA Blawg Directory.
A Recommended Guide
Need a topic involving international and/or foreign/comparative law? Browse the following blogs (and podcasts), find a few stories/current events that interest you, then pursue them with your librarian-liaison. We help you research and develop your topic.
Once you have identified a possible legal topic for your article, it is a good time to consult with experts. Faculty members who write and teach this topic will be able to offer suggestions on emerging legal rules and issues that are ripe for commentary. Also, they will be able to identify topics within their area of specialization that have not already been well covered in the literature. If you are unable to locate a local scholar with whom to consult, try the following directory.