National Survey of State Laws

National Survey of State Laws


This database version of Rich Leiter's National Survey of State Laws provides an overall view of some of the most sought-after and controversial legal topics in the United States. Users are able to make basic state-by-state comparisons of current state laws. The new 7th edition, along with the 6th and 5th editions, are included in database format, which also allows users to compare the same laws as they existed in 2005, 2008 and 2015. All print editions are included in HeinOnline's image-based, fully searchable, user-friendly platform.

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Learn More About the Most Sought-After and Controversial Legal Topics in the United States

For the first time ever, the National Survey of State Laws is available in an online database format! This database is derived from Rich Leiter’s National Survey of State Laws print editions.

The topics of NSSL fall into eight general legal categories:

  • Business and Consumer Laws
  • Criminal Laws
  • Education Laws
  • Employment Laws
  • Family Laws
  • General Civil Laws
  • Real Estate Laws
  • Tax Laws

Within each section, topics are arranged alphabetically and presented in their own subsections. Each section begins with a general overview followed by a table that briefly summarizes each state’s statutes on particular aspects of the law. References to the statute or code section covering that law are also presented, enabling users who are interested in reading the original text to easily find it. The appendix, Statutory Compilations Used in This Book, provides the abbreviations and full names of each state code.

Browse Eight Major Legal Categories in a Digital Format for the First Time Ever!

By following the print edition’s convenient chart format, database users are able to make basic state-by-state comparisons of current state laws. The just released 7th edition as well as the 6th and 5th editions are included in database format while all other print editions are included in the online collection fully searchable and browseable in HeinOnline’s familiar image-based PDF format. The NSSL database will be updated biannually as new laws are passed or updated.

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