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Paralegal: About Statutory Law

Information resources for Paralegal students and also resources on general law issues.


Statutes (or 'public laws') are laws enacted by legislative entities, such as the U.S. Congress.

Sometimes they are identified as "Acts" such as the "Clean Air Act" -- or  by a number such as PL 91-604 (public law #...).


Federal and State statutes are published in various series.

Texas statutes:

  • Vernon's Texas Statues & Code Annotated; and
  • Vernon's Revised Texas Civil Statutes Annotated.


  • U.S. Statutes at Large
  • U.S. Code
  • U.S. Code Annotated


ACC Students in the Paralegal program have access to key cite, and additional resources through WestLaw in the Legal Research class.

The ACC Library does not maintain a print collection of federal or state statutes. However, popular laws often have whole books written about them. And it is possible our collection would have books discussing important legislation.

And, statutes are also available through many free websites. Please see the "Websites" page of this guide for some recommended websites.


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