Ballantine’s Legal Dictionary and Thesaurus
This is the PDF version of the complete unabridged edition of Ballantine’s . The URL takes you to the entries for the first letter of the alphabet, so if you want to see entries for other letters, just change the “a” in the URL to that particular letter. Unless you have a lot of time and paper to spare, do not plan on printing a copy, since the entire PDF version occupies nearly 2,800 pages.
Provides a comprehensive set of legal resources for legal professionals, corporate counsel, law students, businesses, and consumers.
Provides very detailed definitions of most terms.
Nolo Legal Glossary
This site was created by NOLO, a provider of do-it-yourself legal solutions for consumers and small businesses.
The Law.Com Dictionary
Provides both short and long definitions for most terms.
The’Lectric Law Library
Fantastic all-around resource for legal terminology.
Rutgers Law Library
Provides access to a variety of different legal sites, arranged by topic.
California Judicial Branch
The California court system glossary offers simple but accurate Spanish terms and definitions.
PARLIAMENT/ UNITED KINGDOM
Parliamentary Jargon Explained
Provides definitions of the unique terms, expressions, and customs of the British Parliament. Among other things, the site contains information about the various institutions of the British government, including guides to the House of Commons and the House of Lords in nine languages (English, Welsh, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and Russian).
Center for Individual Freedom
This is a good site if you need to consult court decisions. The Center for Individual Freedom is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with a mission “to protect and defend individual freedoms and individual rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.”
Federal Court Terminology
National Association for Court Management
A good glossary of court-related terms.
U.S. CODES/FEDERAL COURT RULINGS
Cornell University Law School
Contains a nice collection of U.S. codes.
Emory University School of Law
Provides access to all kinds of U.S. federal court information and documents (e.g., rulings).
NEW YORK STATE COURTS
New York State Court System
Contains general information about employee rights in the U.S. , including a glossary specializing in employment law issues.
Particular to women: Women Are Getting Even
Contains terminology related to the employment of women (e.g., sex discrimination, etc.).
U.S. patent law.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (general)
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Glossary
Criminal Justice Brief
An excellent English-language glossary.
Criminal Law Lawyer Source
Contains information on criminal law terminology.
Glossary of Criminal Terms
Another excellent English-language glossary.
Midwest Paralegal Studies
In addition to criminal law, this site provides access to glossaries in 15 other legal fields.
International Civil Procedure
New York School of Law
This site covers international civil procedure.
Primer on the Civil Law System
Yes, this is the URL. You must copy and paste it though because I could not set up a link to it! This site contains the PDF version of a 67-page document that was published by the Federal Judicial Center . It is another major English-language resource on civil law.
University of California/Berkeley School of Law’s Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
Elder law (Canada)
Senior Mag Legal Glossary
A Canadian publication specializing in legal and other concerns pertinent to senior citizens.
Duhaime’s Canadian Legal Dictionary
Kieron Wood’s Pages