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Zimmerman's Research Guide


Restatement of the Law

"Restatements" are essentially model laws, designed to "clarify and synthesize" the common law in a particular field of law. Restatements are published by the American Law Institute (ALI). The ALI's Web site posts a checklist of all the current Restatement volumes and pocket parts. See the Publications Catalog to look up drafts.

Pocket parts to the volumes are mailed out annually. A list of the latest pocket parts for all volumes is included in the annual mailing, but it is not posted on the Web site. To get a copy of this list, or for other questions, call ALI at 800-253-6379.

Electronic Access: Current restatements are available on Lexis (2NDARY;RESTAT), Westlaw (REST) and HeinOnline in the "American Law Institute Library." The ALI posts a list of Lexis and Westlaw database names.

The "American Law Institute Library" on HeinOnline has a historical collection of the Restatements in PDF format (subscription only). The Library includes the First, Second and Third series plus prior drafts.

Annotations: Each Restatement section is followed by extensive annotations. For even more, you can Shepardize Restatement sections on Lexis.

More information: See the Restatements page posted by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law Library.

See Also
American Law Institute
Legal Treatises
Model Laws
Uniform Laws

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