This guide will get you started with many different aspects of legal research and will introduce you to some of the most important resources.
"But to live outside the law you must be honest"
- Bob Dylan, "Absolutely Sweet Marie"
The fastest method is to use Westlaw Next
From the Browse menu, select Cases. Then select All Federal Cases.
In the menu box on the top of the page, type in the name or the citation for the case you want
(a citation looks like 588 U. S. 310)
Here are the citations for the cases you will need to find:
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission 558 U.S. 310
The citation will lead you directly to the case. It was decided on January 21, 2010..
. After a brief synopsis and a list of head notes pertaining to aspects of the law, you'll see a lengthy syllabus (or summary) for the case, Justice Kennedy's opinion follows that, along with concurring and dissenting opinions.
Grutter v. Bollinger 539 U.S. 306
The citation will lead you directly to the case. It was decided on June 23, 2003.
Justice O'Connor wrote the opinion for this case and there were concurring and dissenting opinions.
John Doe I v. Unocal 395 F.3d 932
The citation will lead you directly to the case. It was decided on September 18, 2002.
This is NOT a U. S. Supreme Court case. Rather, it was argued and decided by the U. S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Judge Pregerson wrote the opinion.
United States Reports (581 vols., so far)