The LII is known internationally as a leading “law-not-com” provider of public legal information. We offer all opinions of the United States Supreme Court handed down since 1992, together with over 600 earlier decisions selected for their historic importance, over a decade of opinions of the New York Court of Appeals, and the full United States Code. We also publish important secondary sources: libraries in two important areas (legal ethics and social security) and a series of “topical” pages that serve as concise explanatory guides and Internet resource listings for roughly 100 areas of law.
Search engines and ranking systems identify the LII as the most linked to web resource in the field of law (see, for example, Google). Sites ranging from CSPAN to Fedlaw to the Dow Jones Business Directory, as well as numerous off-line references, e.g., Web Feet, the New York Times, and The National Jurist (4/2000), recommend starting with the LII for law. Who are we and where do we fit in the rapidly evolving ecology of the Net? And how is the LII's work supported?
The Institute is a non-profit activity of Cornell Law School supported by grants, the consulting work of its co-directors, and gifts. No subscription fee limits access to LII services. They are not cluttered with commercial messages or banner advertising. As server traffic and the range of LII services have grown gifts have become critical. Without the support of LII members our work could not continue. Since the LII's first site-wide campaign in June 2000 hundreds of users have become contributing members. All who benefit from the Institute's work are in their debt. Recent substantial gifts call for special mention.
Just about any lawyer who's spent more than three minutes online knows that Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute site is fantastic.
Next week another 265 law students will bookmark the Cornell LII and law library homepage. You are making a significant contribution to legal education and to our access to information. As a fellow educator, I'm extremely grateful (as my students will be also).
I just wanted to thank you for your on-line law library. We are a small law firm in north-central Texas and rarely need federal law, but when we do, I know exactly where to come. Your on-line U.S. Code is wonderful; the current format is very user friendly. Thank you!
I'm not a student. I'm not a lawyer. I'm not a college graduate. I'm just a lower-middle-income-class working grunt. I've never seen the inside of a law library (except on L.A. Law, of course. :-)) and would never consider entering one because I find it so intimidating.. Because of your site and your work, I've read more of the US Code in the past 6 months than I had ever even contemplated reading before in my 36 years on this planet.
So, thank you. You're doing a great service here. You're following the true philosophy of education.