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Legal Research and Writing

Anatomy of a Code

Anatomy of a Code

Learn about the structure and components of a statutory code and the individual laws it contains.


Statutes are highly structured, organized documents. So far you've learned a bit about how a statute comes to be and how you might find or use legislation at various stages within its lifecycle. Now you must learn how to read and use statutory law in your legal research and writing. The most useful statutory form that you will encounter in research and practice is the code. Understanding the structure and format of codes will make finding, and using, statutory law much simpler. This lesson on...