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Using the Law Library 101: New to the American Legal System?

Recommended Books

Here we have some recommended books that could be helpful to students who are new to the American legal system. Having a general understanding of the American legal system can help you build a great foundation for your studies here at Cornell. We have also selected some books written in foreign languages that talk about the American legal system. You can find more books in the library catalog.

Dictionaries

The Law Library has current print dictionaries and encyclopedias in its reference collection.  You can also find online dictionaries and encyclopedias using the Law Library catalog. 

Below is a list of some of the dictionaries we have in the Law Library. Unless otherwise stated, these dictionaries are non-circulating items and can be found in the soft seating area in the Reading Room.