Legal Research Topics

Legal Research 1This list of legal research topics is arranged alphabetically by broad subject categories and presents in-depth treatments of topics such as consumer issues, education, family, immigration, real estate, and retirement. Individual topics are organized in alphabetical order within these broad subject categories, and include information on state and local laws, as well as federal laws. In topical articles references direct the reader to resources for further research.

More Than 200 Legal Research Topics

Americans With Disabilities Act

1. Educational Accommodations
2. Public Facility Accommodations
3. Work Accommodations

Attorneys

4. Attorney Fees
5. Attorney-Client Privilege
6. How to Find an Attorney
7. Licensing of Attorneys
8. Malpractice

Automobiles

9. Accident Liability
10. Buying a Car/Registration
11. Driver’s License
12. Insurance
13. Leasing a Car
14. Lemon Laws
15. Safety
16. Seat Belt Usage
17. Traffic Violations

Banking

18. Banking and Lending Law
19. Banks, Saving & Loans, Credit Unions
20. FDIC
21. Interest Rates

Business Law

22. Accounting Requirements
23. Conflicts of Interest
24. Corporations
25. Independent Contractors
26. Limited Liability Entities
27. Nonprofit Organizations
28. Officer and Director Liability
29. Partnerships
30. Shareholder Rights

Civil Rights

31. Affirmative Action
32. Age Discrimination
33. Assembly
34. Children’s Rights
35. Civil Liberties
36. Due Process
37. Establishment Clause
38. Firearm Laws
39. Free Speech/Freedom of Expression
40. Racial Discrimination
41. Religious Freedom
42. Sexual Discrimination and Orientation
43. USA Patriot Act
44. Voting Rights

Consumer Issues

45. Advertising
46. Bankruptcy
47. Consumer Debt Collection and Garnishment
48. Consumer Rights and Protection
49. Contracts
50. Credit/Truth-in Lending
51. Deceptive Trade Practices
52. Defective Products
53. Federal Trade Commission/Regulation
54. Identity Theft
55. Mail-Order Purchases/Telemarketing
56. Ombudsman Programs
57. Phishing
58. Purchases and Returns
59. Recalls by Manufacturers
60. Warranties

Courts and Procedures

61. Burden of Proof
62. Civil Procedure
63. Federal Courts and Jurisdictions
64. Juries
65. Selection of Judges
66. Small Claims Courts
67. State Courts and Procedures

Criminal Law

68. Appeals
69. Bail and Bail Bond Agents
70. Crimes
71. Criminal Procedure
72. Death Penalty
73. DNA Testing, Fingerprints, and Polygraphs
74. Driving Under the Influence
75. Double Jeopardy
76. Evidence
77. Fifth Amendment
78. Insanity Defense
79. Juveniles
80. Plea Bargaining
81. Probation and Parole
82. Right to Counsel
83. Search and Seizure
84. Sentencing and Sentencing Guidelines
85. Sex Offenders

Dispute Resolution Alternatives

86. Arbitration
87. Mediation
88. Mini-Trials
89. Negotiation

Education

90. Administering Medicine
91. Athletics
92. Bilingualism
93. Codes of Conduct
94. Competency Testing
95. Compulsory Education
96. Curriculum
97. Desegregation/Busing
98. Discipline and Punishment
99. Drug Testing
100. Finance/Funding
101. Homeschooling
102. No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
103. School Prayer/Pledge of Allegiance
104. Special Education/Disability Access
105. Student’s Rights/Free Speech
106. Teacher’s Rights
107. Teacher’s Unions/Collective Bargaining
108. Truancy
109. Types of Schools
110. Violence and Weapons

Estate Planning

111. Estate and Gift Tax
112. Guardianships and Conservatorships
113. Intestacy
114. Life Insurance
115. Power of Attorney
116. Probate and Executors
117. Trusts
118. Wills

Family Law

119. Adoption
120. Child Abuse/Child Safety/Discipline
121. Child Support/Custody
122. Cohabitation
123. Divorce/Separation/Annulment
124. Domestic Violence
125. Emancipation
126. Family Planning/Abortion/Birth Control
127. Foster Care
128. Gay Couples
129. Grandparent’s Rights
130. Guardianship
131. Marriage/Marriage Age
132. Parent Liability Child’s Act
133. Paternity
134. Physician-Assisted Suicide
135. Prenuptial Agreements
136. Unmarried Parents

First Amendment Law

137. Censorship

Healthcare

138. Doctor-Patient Confidentiality
139. Informed Consent
140. Insurance
141. Limitations of Liability
142. Managed Care/HMOs
143. Medicaid
144. Medical Malpractice
145. Medical Records
146. Organ Donation
147. Patient Rights
148. Treatment of Minors
149. Treatment Without Insurance

Homeland Security

150. Department of Homeland Security
151. Emergency Management
152. Natural Disasters
153. Terrorism

Immigration

154. Asylum
155. Deportation
156. Dual Citizenship
157. Eligibility for Government Services
158. Residency/Green Cards/Naturalization
159. U.S. Immigration and Naturalization

Intellectual Property

160. Copyright
161. Patents
162. Trademarks
163. Unfair Competition

Internet

164. Advertising
165. Consumer Rights and Protection
166. Free Speech
167. Internet Crime
168. Internet Filters in Schools and Libraries
169. Internet Privacy
170. Internet Regulation
171. Online Business
172. Piracy and File Sharing
173. Pornography

Labor Law

174. At-Will Employment
175. Benefits
176. Discrimination
177. Drug Testing
178. Employee’s Rights/EEOC
179. Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
180. Labor Unions/Strikes
181. Occupational Health and Safety
182. Privacy
183. Sexual Harassment
184. Unemployment Insurance/Compensation
185. Wage and Hour Laws
186. Whistleblowers
187. Worker’s Compensation

Real Estate

188. Boundary/Property/Title Disputes
189. Buying and Selling/Mortgages
190. Condominiums/Co-ops
191. Contractors/Liens
192. Easements
193. Eminent Domain
194. Foreclosure
195. Homeowners Associations
196. Homeowner’s Liability/Safety
197. Housing Discrimination
198. Insurance (Homeowners and Renters)
199. Landlord/Tenant Rights
200. Neighbor Relations
201. Neighborhood Covenants
202. Renters’ Liability
203. Timeshares
204. Trespassing
205. Zoning

Retirement and Aging

206. Assisted Living Facilities
207. Elder Abuse
208. Healthcare/Medicare
209. Nursing Homes
210. Retirement Pension Plans
211. Social Security

Taxes

212. Capital Gains
213. Corporate Tax
214. Income Taxes
215. IRS Audits
216. Property Taxes
217. Sales Taxes
218. Self Employment Taxes
219. Small Business Tax
220. Tax Evasion

Telecommunications

221. FCC Regulations
222. Satellite and Cable
223. Telephone
224. Television

Tort and Personal Injury Actions

225. Assault
226. Battery
227. Libel and Slander
228. Negligence
229. Product Liability

Travel

230. Children Travelling Alone
231. Hotel Liability
232. International Travel
233. Passports and Visas
234. Safety

The list contains links to more than 200 essays of 2,000-5,000 words each, organized within 26 broad subject categories, which are arranged alphabetically. Each article begins with a brief description of the issue’s historical background, covering important statutes and cases. The body of the essay is divided into subsections profiling the various U.S. federal laws and regulations concerning the topic. A third section details variations of the laws and regulations from state to state. Each article closes with a comprehensive bibliography, covering print resources and web sites, and a list of relevant national and state organizations and agencies.