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Comparative Law Research Guide: Getting Started

This guide contains helpful resources that will support the scholarly research of law students writing an upper-level paper on the topic of comparative law.

What is comparative law?

Comparative law is a method of legal study comparing legal systems with each other. As the world has become smaller through the effects of globalization, scholarship in comparative law has also expanded. This guide contains helpful resources that will aid students in researching their scholarly paper topic on comparative law. 

Looking for a database?

This is an alphabetical list of FSU databases useful for researching legal issues dealing with comparative constitutional law.

Writing a Paper?

Narrow your topic on which you can write a 20-30 page paper. Select a topic that addresses an international law question that is of interest to you and also is original and topical.

To find ideas for your topic, go to the following sources with an international perspective.

Once you've chosen a paper topic, you'll need to review the literature for a pre-emption check to be sure that another legal scholar has not already covered your topic. Note that the databases referenced below may need to be accessed through the Research Center.

Use these sources in a pre-emption check

Beginning Research?


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