Roy L. Sturgeon
Tulane University Law School
332 Weinmann Hall
6329 Freret St.
New Orleans, LA 70118-6231
Tel: +1 504.865.5953
Fax: +1 504.865.5917
Free, Reliable Websites
In addition to the Law Library's subscription databases, legal history information can be found on free, reliable (i.e., reasonably accurate & current) websites. Among the best are:
Why Study & Practice Legal History?
Because it helps lawyers give better advice & craft better writings & oral arguments by revealing much-needed context. Because lawyers should know the backstories of their chosen profession. And because it's inherently fascinating. Legal history can be studied formally in a classroom. Tulane Law offers semester-long legal history courses. It can also be studied informally on one's own time. No paper credential is required, just a curious, patient, critical, & open mind.
When starting research, consult authoritative secondary sources:
See below. For more, search the Law Library's online catalog and/or browse the New Books Section in the stairwell alcove.
Scholarly articles on legal history can be found in generalist & specialist journals. Below are some of the latter:
Rare & Historic Books
The Law Library has a special collection of several thousand rare & historic books in English & other languages kept in a secured, climate-controlled room on the 4th floor. Gems include the Napoleonic Code of 1804, early works on Louisiana legal history, & Roman law & canon law treatises dating from the 16th to 18th centuries. To use such treasures, which may neither leave the Law Library nor be photocopied (but may be digitally photographed sans flash or scanned), contact the circulation desk.