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. The 2014 edition was completely reformatted, including applying a consistent style template to each chapter.

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.


All prices below include the cost of shipping and handling

  • $175 for the most recent supplement
  • $375 for an entire new book with all supplements to date
  • $100 each for for each previous supplement (2015 and 2016)

For subscription and ordering questions, contact libpubs, 206/543-4089.

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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