Legal Authority Resources

One of the trickiest concepts to grasp as a 1L is the mandatory vs. persuasive authority. Below are some helpful links!

Here are some resources to help you understand more about legal authority: 

UC Law Library Case Law Research Guide (US Court Systems) 

Taggart Law Library Research Guide: Research as a Process: Mandatory v. Persuasive 

Cornell Law School LII (Legal Information Institute) Persuasive Authority 

National Court Statistics Project-State Court Guides to an external site. to an external site. 

United States Courts Federal vs State Couts Guide to an external site. 

Georgetown University Law Center-Binding Vs. Persuasive Cases Handout 



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