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Am Jur 2d Comes to FindLaw, for Free

By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. | Last updated on

American Jurisprudence 2d is the epitome of legal reference materials, the sin qua non for legal research. If you're not familiar with this legal encyclopedia, it's one massive, indispensable collection of American law. Coming in at over 140 volumes, its breadth of coverage and depth of research is unparalleled, covering everything from state criminal laws to obscure points of federal civil procedure.

Now, for the first time ever, portions of Am Jur 2d are available online, for free, right here on FindLaw.

Online and Free, for the First Time Ever

American Jurisprudence has been around for decades, but if you wanted to research a topic in the past, you'd either have to head down to your local law library or log in to a subscription legal research service like Westlaw. Not anymore. Portions of Am Jur 2d are now being hosted by FindLaw, thanks to our partnership with Thomson Reuters Legal print business. And FindLaw's Am Jur 2d excerpts are offered free of charge -- which is a significant discount from the nearly $20,000 the full encyclopedia costs.

Portions of American Jurisprudence 2d now join FindLaw's existing legal reference material, from our extensive caselaw coverage from federal and state courts to federal and state codes. Current Am Jur 2d excerpts cover contracts, damages, and divorce and separation.

These Am Jur 2d excerpts are an invaluable tool for legal research for law students and legal professionals both. The contracts section, for example, covers everything from contract formation, to construction, to performance and breach. For example, if you want to brush up on consideration, Am Jur 2d provides a general summary, plus related annotations with links to supporting cases and documents.

If you want to delve deeper in your research, you can hop over to our sister company for the full American Jurisprudence 2d on Westlaw, straight from FindLaw's Am Jur 2d section. Each Am Jur 2d article and section contains links directing you to relevant material on Westlaw, allowing you to easily expand your research beyond FindLaw's current excerpts. That way, if you're researching liquidated damages, for example, you can quickly see that "parties are bound to a liquidated damages agreement unless it violates some principle of law," as Am Jur 2d explains, then quickly hop over to Westlaw to see supporting cases.

Go ahead and give it a try. We think you'll like it as much as we do.

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