Specialized Legal Research

Penny A. Hazelton, General Editor

Specialization of law practice and the proliferation of new fields of law challenge legal researchers. The sources and repositories of law have become so extensive and so far-ranging that skill in recognizing and locating them is of equal importance to the skills of legal analysis and writing. Expert contributors cover thirteen focused practice areas, making Specialized Legal Research a trusted resource for legal researchers facing complex problems for over 25 years.

I, and my Advanced Legal Research students, love this book!
Timothy L. Coggins, Associate Dean for Library & Information Services, University of Richmond School of Law Library

I turned to this amazing resource many times when I was a "baby reference librarian," particularly as I created my first research guides at BU…it remains on my top 3 of legal research books.
Raquel M. Ortiz, Assistant Dean for Library & Information Services and Associate Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law

Specialized Legal Research has been cited in a number of legal research texts, including:

  • Kent C. Olson, How to Find the Law, at 26
  • J. Paul Lomio & Henrik Stakemann Spang-Hanssen, Legal Research Methods in the US and Europe (2008) at 309.


The 2014 edition of Specialized Legal Research has a new look in a more manageable size without a loss of content. In addition to reformatting the entire book and applying a consistent style template to each chapter, the following chapters were updated for this edition:

  • Banking Law--including new laws, agency publications, and research tips
  • Copyright Law
  • Customs Law

The 2015 supplement includes updated chapters on Federal Government Contract Law and Securities Regulation.

Specialized Legal Research 2014

The 2014 edition was, and all future supplements will be, published by the Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington School of Law.

Please fill out one of the following forms if you wish to place an order for the 2014 edition:

The 2014 edition, plus the 2015 & 2016 supplements, is $350, including shipping and handling. Already have the 2014 volume but not the supplements? The 2015 & 2016 supplements together are $350. Individually, the 2015 supplement is $175 and the 2016 supplement is $150.

For subscription and ordering questions, contact libpubs, 206/685-7052.

It is such a valuable tool – our librarians have two copies and rave about it!
Camilla Tubbs, Deputy Director, University of Maryland School of Law

For good overall coverage of immigration law research, see Lourdes Fuentes & Ann Hemmens, Immigration Law, in Specialized Legal Research…
Nina E. Scholtz, Digital Resources Librarian and Lecturer in Law, Cornell University Law Library

Named among the top 10 Washington Legal Research Resources by Patrick Charles, Director of Gonzaga University Schoolof Law's Chastek Law Library.

Table of Contents

  1. Securities Regulation, Kay M. Todd
  2. The Uniform Commercial Code, Jonathan A. Franklin
  3. Federal Income Taxation, Mary A. Hotchkiss
  4. Copyright Law, William H. Manz
  5. Federal Labor and Employment Law, Kay M. Todd
  6. Law of Environmental Protection, Tami Gierloff
  7. Admiralty and Maritime Law, Sarah K. Wiant
  8. Immigration Law, Lourdes Fuentes & Ann Hemmens
  9. Military and Veterans Law, Vicenç Feliú
  10. Banking Law, Penny A. Hazelton
  11. Federal Patent and Trademark Law, Harold F. See
  12. Federal Government Contracts, Jody H. Kelley, Kate Martin & Deborah Vergara
  13. Customs Law, Joseph J. Mattera

See also the expanded Table of Contents (PDF).


Fritz Snyder, Review Essay: Legal Research Books, Manuals, and Guides--More Than Enough, 80 Law Libr. J. 307, 326 (1988).

Shelley L. Dowling, Book Review, 15 Int'l J. Legal Info. 169 (1987).

James C. Marshall, Book Review, 38 Mercer L. Rev. 1413 (1987).

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