New Law for 1L Students

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The law is always changing, and it can be hard for lawyers to keep up. One area of the practice where this change is most apparent is in the concept known as new law. New law is about using legal strategies that have not been used in the past, working with underserved communities or embracing technology to benefit clients. It can also mean operating outside the traditional model of a law firm or using non-traditional fee structures.

New York State Law

This collection includes the Constitution and laws passed by the state legislature and periodically codified in the New York Consolidated Laws, as well as court decisions that interpret these laws. It also includes regulations adopted by the state’s agencies and local laws, ordinances and charter provisions.

The Federal Law of the United States

In addition to statutes, administrative rules and treaties, the Federal Law of the United States comprises many kinds of executive orders, presidential proclamations, letters and communications from presidents, and other documents of a general nature. This collection also contains a selection of presidential documents, including the U.S. Constitution, the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Bill of Rights.

New York City Law

The Law of New York consists of constitutional, statutory and regulatory law, as well as city ordinances and charter provisions. It is governed by the city’s legislative body, the Council, which includes a mayor and members elected to represent districts in the City of New York. The Council meets on a regular basis to review the laws and regulations of the city, including the Charter, which sets out the basic structure of the government.

Newly Passed Legislation

This law will allow pharmaceutical companies to use alternative methods of testing drugs and treatments for nonclinical tests or studies before they go into human trials. The law will also increase the share of federal research funding that goes to poorer, more rural states. The law will also address concerns that China is stealing American scientific secrets and unfairly using U.S.-funded research.

Legal Research Resources

These resources guide the 1L student through the legal research process step-by-step and provide a framework for organizing your work product. Developing and following a research strategy will save time, ensure completeness, and improve your work product.

A legal research project is only as good as the sources you cite. If you miss even a single contrary source, your argument may fail. Fortunately, the New York City Law Library’s electronic databases are organized to help you find these sources quickly and easily. The databases contain a range of tools that assist you in finding relevant information, including case law, legislation, regulations and Children’s Bureau policies. These resources are updated as new federal and state laws, regulations and Children’s Bureau policies are passed or issued. The law library’s electronic resources include the New York Law Journal and other specialized collections. HeinOnline’s New York Law Library has millions of pages dedicated to the history and study of laws, rules and policy in the state of New York.