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Securities Law


A computer with a graph of stock prices and a paper chart with someone holding a pen over the paperWelcome to the Securities Law research guide.  This guide is intended to help you start your research of securities law issues by outlining some of the authoritative corporate law in the U.S., as well as other helpful resources.  There are a few main federal laws that regulate the sale and exchange of securities, and these laws often intersect with state corporate law.  To learn more about state and federal corporate law, see USD Law's Corporate Law Research Guide.

Legal Databases

Lexis has a Securities Law page with cases, statutes, secondary materials, and other helpful resources.

Westlaw has a Securities Enforcement & Litigation page with cases, statutes, secondary materials, and other resources.

Bloomberg Law has a Securities Practice Center, with extensive resources, including news, federal and state materials, and other practical guidance.

Securities Law Research Methodology

The basic securities law research methodology is similar to other areas of legal research:

1. Establish the facts.

2. Identify the issues.

3. Locate authority.

4. Evaluate authority - make sure to evaluate for credibility, objectivity, accuracy, scope, and currency.

Repeat steps 1-4 as necessary to complete research and analysis of issues.

5. Develop conclusions and recommendations.

6. Communicate research results and recommendations.


This guide was written in March 2022 by USD Law student Lilly Walker.