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The Legal Medium: Art & Law

COVID-19 Announement

CalArts Library Closed: Services Available

Due to the measures put in place by the Institute to protect the CalArts community and prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the CalArts Library’s physical spaces will be closed until the campus restrictions have been lifted. All digital services will remain fully operational and starting September 8th, 2020, CalArts faculty, staff, and students can request books and other materials for pickup

For help navigating our digital collections, or if you have any other questions, use the blue “Questions?” button at the bottom of this page to speak with a librarian.  

Legal Resources: Case Law

Case law are laws that are established as a result of the outcome of a case. A few famous cases include:

Brown v. Board of Education: Segregation in public schools is unconstitutional. 

Miranda v. Arizona: People under arrest must be told their rights before being questioned by police.

Roe v. Wade: Women have a constitutional right to an abortion.

Cases are primary sources and will provide the issues that were argued. They can provide excellent examples to support arguments and illustrate points you are making.

Finding Case Law

Find Law: Provides cases from all levels of courts.

Citations: When you are doing research and a case is mentioned, there will likely be a citation provided as well. 

Legal Resources: Law Reviews

Law reviews are scholarly legal journals that focus on legal issues. Articles are written by law students, lawyers, and other legal scholars. They will provide analysis on laws, legal decisions, legal issues, and many other things related to the law. Law reviews can be an excellent resource in helping you understand complicated legal issues. 

Finding Law Reviews

Many electronic article databases include law reviews. Below are a couple of examples:

Proquest Research Library


Law Review Commons is an resource for open access law reviews.