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Empirical Legal Research Resources


Many databases do not allow for bulk downloading of data. It is important to note any limits on usage for a database before attempting bulk downloads, since it may result in suspension of service. 

However, some resources explicitly permit bulk downloading. This page offers a list of governmental resources and commercial legal databases that allow bulk downloads.

Governmental Resources for Bulk Data Downloads

Commercial and Non-governmental Databases that Allow Bulk Downloads

Law school accounts of major commercial legal databases such as Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg, and Hein do not support bulk data downloads at this point. It is also important to know that many academic accounts have monthly download limits and therefore checking licensing agreement on data downloads is essential.