The Making of Modern Law

Legal History Since the 17th Century.

Explore the definitive collections of global legal primary source materials from three centuries of history.

Journal of the Constitutional Convention of the Commonwealth of Virginia to Revise and Amend Sec. 141 of the Constitution of Virginia. Richmond, 1956. The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.
The Laws of the Province of South-Carolina

Explore legal material from the seventeenth century through the early twentieth century.

Together, the distinct collections that comprise The Making of Modern Law cover nearly every aspect of American and British law and dig deep into the legal traditions of Europe, Latin America, Asia, and other jurisdictions, both classic and contemporary. Encompassing a range of analytical, theoretical, and practical literature, these collections support and complement the traditional study of law by featuring valuable books from the most influential legal writers throughout history.


The Making of Modern Law: American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990

American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990, spans most of the 20th century. it focuses on civil rights, civil liberties, race, gender, and issues relating to the U.S. Supreme Court. The relevance of the collection to today’s curriculum and to current debates at both national and local levels serve many research needs.

The Making of Modern Law (MOML): Foreign, Comparative, and International Law, 1600-1926

This collection brings together foreign, comparative, and international titles, including the works of some of the great legal theorists, foreign legal treatises from a variety of countries, and books that compare legal systems, including ancient, Roman, Jewish, and Islamic law.

The Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources, 1600-1970

This collection offers legal historians a unique collection of the "primary sources" of law: statutes and codes of Great Britain, France, Germany, northern and central European jurisdictions in an easy-to-find online form, complementing the collection of treatises found in Foreign, Comparative, and International Law, 1600-1926.

The Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources, Part II
The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises, 1800-1926
The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources, 1620-1926
The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources, Part II, 1763-1970

The Making of Modern Law: Trials, 1600-1926

Tracing the details of the courtroom dramas that rocked America, the British Empire, and the world, this archive provides unofficially published accounts of trials; official trial documents, and official records of legislative proceedings, administrative proceedings, and arbitration sessions. It is the world's most complete full-text collection of American and British trials.

The Making of Modern Law: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978

Researchers will find coverage of the most-studied cases, including many that resulted in landmark decisions. This collection provides transcripts, applications for review, motions, petitions, and other official papers brought before the highest court in the United States. It also includes information from cases that were denied certiorari.

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