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Virginia Legal Research

A guide to researching the law of Virginia using the resources of the Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library

Administrative Law

The Virginia Administrative Code (KFV2435 1992 .A225) is the official compilation of rules and regulations currently in effect. It is organized into 24 titles and is updated twice a year.  The current Virginia Administrative Code is also available on the Internet. The Virginia Register of Regulations, published biweekly since 1984, includes proposed and final state rules and regulations. The Register is also available (1998-) on the Internet. 

Opinions of the Attorney General may be found in The Annual Report of the Attorney General of Virginia (3rd floor Media Center). Recent opinions (since 1996) are available on the Internet. 

Secondary Sources

Michie's Jurisprudence of Virginia and West Virginia (KFV2465 M5) is the legal encyclopedia covering the law of Virginia (and West Virginia). This publication provides references to cases, statutes and administrative law, and is a valuable tool for gathering resources on a particular topic. Another useful reference manual is The Virginia Code Research Guide (KFV2440 .V5 1996).

The Library’s periodical collection includes a number of Virginia publications such as Virginia Law Review (K26 .I74 L37), and George Mason Law Review (K7 E53). The University of Richmond Law Review (K24 .R53) publishes an annual survey of Virginia law, while the Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest publishes an annual "General Assembly in Review" issue. Access to articles within periodicals can be achieved using Legaltrac or Index to Legal Periodicals (both are available on our home page). Many journals are also available through HeinOnline, Lexis+ and Westlaw.

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