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Corporate Law


A gavel and block, with the words "CORPORATE LAW" printed in gold across the blockWelcome to the Corporate Law research guide.  This guide is intended to help you start your research of corporate law issues by outlining some of the authoritative corporate law in the U.S., as well as other helpful resources.  Corporate law is largely governed by state law, and many businesses have chosen to incorporate in Delaware, so there will be a focus on Delaware corporate law, as well as pages for California and federal law.

Legal Databases

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

Westlaw has a Corporations page with cases, statutes, secondary materials, and other resources.

Bloomberg Law has a Corporate Practice Center with extensive resources, including news, state law resources, and other practical guidance.

Corporate Law Research Methodology

The basic corporate 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 research guide was written in February 2022 by USD Law student Lilly Walker.