NEW EDITION: National Survey of State Laws, 8th Edition!

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We’re excited to announce the release of the new edition of National Survey of State Laws! The 8th edition includes an additional 200 pages and four years of updates for every chapter. It also has nine new chapters!

Print and Online Resource


National Survey of State Laws (NSSL) is a print and online resource that provides an overall view of some of the most-asked about and controversial legal topics in the United States. This database is derived from Richard Leiter’s National Survey of State Laws print editions. Presented in chart format, NSSL allows users to make basic state-by-state comparisons of current state laws. The database is updated regularly as laws are passed or amended.

The current 8th edition, along with the 7th, 6th and 5th editions, are included in database format, which allows users to compare the same laws as they existed in 2005, 2008, 2015 and 2018, and to make more current comparisons with laws added or updated in the database since 2018. All print editions are included in HeinOnline’ s image-based, fully searchable, user-friendly platform.


  • Interest rates
  • Seat belt laws
  • Restrictive covenants in employment
  • Child support guidelines
  • Domestic violence
  • Bullying
  • Civil shoplifting
  • Food laws
  • Medical records


Previous editions of NSSL have won a number of awards:

  • Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award
  • Named one of the New York Public Library’s Outstanding Reference Resources
  • Named to the Wilson Library Quarterly’s Field Tested Reference Resource

About the Editor

Richard Leiter is the Director of the Schmid Law Library and Professor of Law at Nebraska College of Law. He got his start in law libraries in 1977 at Irell & Manella, a prominent Los Angeles law firm. After graduating from Southwestern University Law School in 1981, he moved to Texas where he worked at the University of Texas Tarlton Law Library and earned his Masters in Library and Information Science in 1985. Over time, he became the head of public services at the University of Nebraska, managed the library at Littler Mendelson Fastiff & Tichy in San Francisco, and managed academic law libraries at Regent University and Howard University before returning to Lincoln in 2000. Professor Leiter has written widely on law library, legal research, and legal information technology issues. He is an active scholar and has contributed to books, the Law Library Journal, and numerous other law library publications.

“The National Survey of State Laws has saved countless researchers and librarians significant time and effort in performing multistate research.”
Deanna Barmakian
AALL Spectrum Magazine

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

The topics featured in 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; and Tax Laws. Within each category, 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.

Screenshot of Domestic Violence in National Survey of State Laws

Features of the NSSL Database in HeinOnline

Users can use the main search bar or the Advanced Search link to search the database by Keywords, Topic, Code Section, State, or Edition. Click a search result to pull the portion of the chart that pertains to the result. Quickly compare laws by selecting the State Filter option. There is no limit to the number of states users can compare at one time.

Screenshot of State filter in NSSL

To change the states you are viewing or to choose more, simply select the desired states and click Reapply State Filter.

Screenshot of Reapply State Filter button in NSSL

Subject Compilations of State Law Linking

Cheryl Nyberg and Carol Boast Robertson’s Subject Compilations of State Laws has long been recognized as the most comprehensive source for identifying thousands of articles, books, government documents, loose-leaf services, court opinions, and Internet sites that compare state laws on hundreds of subjects. Linking is available to subscribers of HeinOnline’s Subject Compilations of State Laws database from the NSSL database. Research will have instantaneous access to the more than 22,000 bibliographic records, many with extensive annotations. Simply click Related Subject Compilations of State Laws located below the topic title and a list of related SCSL subjects appears. Each subject is a link to the SCSL entries for the subject.

Screenshot of NSSL and Subject Compilation subject linking

Learn more about State Compilations of State Laws.


Print & Online Access:

This includes the print edition of the book and access to the online database with regular updates. Access will last until the next edition is published (approximately 36 months).

1 Print Copy & Online Access for 1 Location………………………….…..$240.00

1 Print Copy & Online Access for Multiple Locations…………….….$310.00

Additional Print Copies……………………………………………………….……………$95.00

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