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Resources for LL.M. LOTUS Students

Practical Considerations

Applying to the program

To apply, visit the University of Baltimore School of Law's LL.M. LOTUS program. General information for international students can be found at the university's International Student Resources.

Useful guides to the LL.M. experience

David A. Levy, A Guide to LL.M. and Graduate Law Study in the United States
LL.M. Guide, Master of Law Programs Worldwide
JURIST, Resources for Foreign Law Students

Immigration and Visa considerations

educationUSA, Visa Information
Travel.state.gov, Student Visas

The American Legal System

General

The following books can be found at the University of Baltimore Law Library.

Lloyd Bonfield, American Law and the American Legal System in a Nutshell (2006)
Toni M. Fine, An Introduction to the Anglo-American Legal System (2007)
Margaret Z. Johns, The United States Legal System: An Introduction, 2nd Edition (2007)
Dana Neacsu, Introduction to U.S. Law and Legal Research (2005)

The Constitution

Library of Congress, Primary Documents in American History: United States Constitution
National Constitution Center, The Interactive Constitution (Search for documents using keywords or topics.)

Federal Legislative Process

Robert B. Dove, Enactment of a Law
House.gov, The official website of the U.S. House of Representatives
Charles W. Johnson, How Our Laws Are Made
Project Vote Smart, Government 101: How a Bill Becomes a Law
Senate.gov, The official website of the U.S. Senate
Congress.gov (and the older THOMAS.gov), federal legislative information from the Library of Congress

The Executive Branch

Project Vote Smart, Government 101: The President
Whitehouse.gov, The official website of the President of the United States

The Federal Court System

Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, The Federal Court System in the United States: An Introduction for Judges and Judicial Administrators in Other Countries, 3rd Edition, 2010.
The Oyez Project, a multimedia archive devoted to the U.S. Supreme Court and its work
SCOTUSblog, commentary and analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court

III. U.S. Legal Research & Writing

The sources listed below can be found at the University of Baltimore Law Library. View the library's catalog record for each title by clicking on the title.

A. In General:

Amy E. Sloan, Basic Legal Research: Tools and Strategies, KF240 .S66 2009 (Course Reserves)
Linda H. Edwards, Legal Writing: Process, Analysis, and Organization, KF250 .E37 2006 (General Reserves)

B. Dictionaries:

Black’s Law Dictionary, KF156 .B53 2004 (General Reserves and Reference)
Elsevier's Legal Dictionary: in English, German, French, Dutch, and Spanish, K54 .E45 2001 (Reference)
English-Japanese Legal Dictionary and Handbook, K52 .J37 1995 (Reference)
Law and Commercial Dictionary in Five Languages, K54 .W47 1985 (Reference)

C. Usage Guides:

Richard C. Wydick, Plain English for Lawyers, KF250 .W97 2005 (Reference and Course Reserves)
Bryan A. Garner, The Elements of Legal Style, KF250 .G37 2002 (General Reserves)
Bryan A. Garner, Garner’s Modern American Usage, PE2827 .G37 2003 (Reference)

D. Citation Guides
A Uniform System of Citation (18th ed.) (The Bluebook). Bluebook is commonly used by Law Reviews and other academic legal publications.

E. Legal Research Online

Library of Congress, Guide to Law Online
Cornell University Law School, Legal Information Institute (Supreme Court decisions from 1992 to the present, the full United States Code, an annotated version of the United States Constitution, selected uniform laws, and secondary sources)
Google Scholar (choose the legal opinions and journals search)