This research guide is designed for law students interested in researching and learning more about elder law. This topic encompasses a variety of legal issues that arise for older people, including eligibility for public benefits, estate planning, and the protection of vulnerable adults.
This guide is divided into 5 parts: Introduction, Organizations & Government Entities, Current Awareness, Secondary Sources, and Primary Sources.
The Introduction page is an excellent place to begin if you are unfamiliar with this area of law. The study aids will help you gain a better understanding of this area of law and provide you with the knowledge needed to thoroughly research your legal issue. The suggestions on Developing a Research Strategy will help if you are writing a paper in this area.
The Organizations & Government Entities page will provide you with links to organizations, associations, and government entities. These resources may be useful when beginning your research.
The Current Awareness page will provide you with links to blogs, news, and other sources of current awareness for this topic. Current awareness sources are useful when you are developing a research topic, or when you need to stay up-to-date with recent developments in this area of law.
The Secondary Sources page will includes links to treatises, law reviews and journals, and other materials that will provide you with an overview of the area of law, along with expert commentary and analysis.
The Primary Sources page will provides access to cases, statutes, regulations, and other primary sources you should consult when researching this area of law.
Before diving into a research project, it's essential to have a strategy for how you will conduct your research.
At the Law Library, we've developed a research worksheet that you can use to help organize the information you've been given and develop a plan for your research. Feel free to make copies and use it as you're given research assignments.
The following are additional research guides created by other schools that could be of assistance.
Be aware that links provided on the above guides are created specifically for that institution's patrons. If you see a source referred to on another guide that looks useful for your research, you can check to see if we have access to that source by checking the following: