Thanks for your interest in the Legal Information Institute (LII).
You can learn a little about our organization below. And when you're done, learn about our staff because, believe it or not, it takes the hard work of real people to maintain and improve a site as big as ours.
- Publishing law online, for free.
- Creating materials that help people understand law.
- Exploring new technologies that make it easier for people to find the law.
How we are funded:
How we use funds:
The main expense in running a website is not technology, even on a site that offers more than 500,000 pages to 30 million unique visitors every year. Instead, more than 80% of our budget goes to salaries for our small staff, and to stipends for the law and computer science students who work with us. Almost all the remainder is spent on computing facilities, which we tailor to demand using cloud-computing technology. Less than 5% goes to administrative overhead.
Because our core staff is small and our activity level is high, it is hard to tell you precisely how this money is spent. How much of the time that Dan Nagy spent working on a server should be allocated to the WEX legal encyclopedia? To the collection of Supreme Court decisions? How often do Dave Shetland's code libraries get used for the Code of Federal Regulations, and how often for the US Code? How many red pencils did Sara Frug use up editing the Federal Rules? These are hard questions to answer, and maybe not so important so long as you understand that nearly all of your money buys talent. We try to apply that talent as effectively and efficiently as we can.