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This research guide provides useful starting points for Minnesota legal research. The guide covers major primary and secondary sources. 

The following more in-depth research guides provide additional information:

John Tessner, Brenda Wolfe, George R. Jackson, Minnesota Legal Research Guide.  2d ed. 2002  Law Library KFM5475 .S62x 2002; Law Library Reference Office KFM5475 .S62x 2002

Suzanne Thorpe, Minnesota Legal Research. 2010 Law Library Reference Office KFM5475 .T48 2010

In addition, the following CALI exercises offer law students useful tips for conducting Minnesota legal research:

Erin Schlicht, Minnesota Legal Research - Primary Sources.

Erin Schlicht, Minnesota Legal Research - Secondary Sources.

Database Access Note: access to certain databases linked to in this guide may be restricted to members affiliated with the U of M Law School or the U of M Twin Cities campus. Please see our Databases Directory for further information on access privileges.

Starting Points for Minnesota Legal Research


When beginning a research project on an unfamiliar topic, it is helpful to consult journal articles and treatises covering your topic. They explain the law and provide references to relevant statutes, regulations, and cases. The following  treatise series is particularly useful for Minnesota legal research:

Minnesota Practice Series Law Library Reserve KFM 5480 .M53; Law Library Reference Office KFM 5480 .M53

This multi-volume series consists of separately titled treatises. To find an appropriate volume, consult the general index for the entire series. The volumes provide well-written descriptions of major areas of Minnesota law and include overviews, practice tips, case and statute citations, and forms.

The following legal encyclopedia also is an excellent introductory tool for identifying concepts in Minnesota law. 

Dunnell Minnesota Digest ("Dunnell's") Law Library Reference KFM5445 .A17; Law Library Reference Office KFM5445 .A17

This multi-volume encyclopedia is arranged alphabetically by topic. For each topic,there is a brief description of current law, with citations to statutes and cases.


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