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Legal Research Certification Program (Prepare to Practice): Lesson Four- The Code of Federal Regulations

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Preparing to Practice

Using the index to the CFR on Westlaw, can you find a section of the CFR that regulates additives in sugarcane mills?

Run a citation search on Lexis for 42 CFR § 413.85, then Shepardize the regulation. What is the name of the 1994 U.S. Supreme Court case that explored the meaning of this regulation?

The Code of Federal Regulations

This lesson will discuss the Code of Federal Regulations, the official codification of federal regulations. After watching these videos, take the quiz. If you want extra practice on this topic, check out the "preparing to practice" column in the lower left corner. This is a place to practice what you've learned in the videos before moving on to the next lesson.

Introduction to the CFR

Finding the CFR

00:00​ Finding the official CFR

00:30​ Official vs Unofficial CFR

00:57​ Finding the CFR on Westlaw

02:00​ Finding the CFR on Lexis

Strategies for Finding Regulations

00:00​ Finding regulations if you already have a statute

00:30​ Finding regulations if you aren't sure whether any exist

01:16​ Expanding your research after finding a regulation


Next Lesson

Congratulations! You've completed Lesson 4. Click here to move on to Lesson 5- Agency Documents. Want more practice? Try the questions in the "Preparing to Practice" section in the bottom left column.