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Last Updated: Sep 20, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Overview and Objectives

This guide provides essential information on legal resources specific to Arizona. The intended audience of this guide is students doing Arizona specific research as well as students doing internships and externships in Arizona and graduating students who plan to practice in Arizona.

This guide will assist you in finding out:

  • What is the "lay of the land" in Arizona legal materials
  • Where to find Arizona Primary Resources
  • Where to find Arizona Secondary Resources
  • How to find Arizona legislative materials
  • How to keep current on Arizona legal developments
  • Where to go for help with Arizona legal research

Arizona Overview

Although the number of resources for Arizona legal research  has increased in recent years, Arizona still  does not have many of the resources larger states have, for example a state specific legal encyclopedia.

Legal research in Arizona can be frustrating because the amount of case law is less than in larger states. Arizona lawyers often turn to other states, for example, California when needed.

Statutorily, Arizona is a "plain language" state. The court prefers to look at the plain language of statutes for authority. This has implications for Arizona legislative intent research.

West Publishing is the publisher of the "official" versions of Arizona's laws (Arizona Revised Statutes Annotated) and cases (Arizona Reports).

Most of Arizona's legal resources can be found online using a variety of fee and free resources.  The free resources tend to provide  bare bones information.



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