Code of Federal Regulations

Academic librarians frequently hear from our law firm counterparts that new attorneys are often unprepared to conduct administrative law research. Administrative law refers to the rules (or regulations) of state and federal administrative agencies and their enforcement. Examples of such agencies include the IRS, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and North Dakota Game and Fish Department (NDGF).*

In the federal arena, these regulations are collected in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR.) The CFR is divided into 50 Titles that are subdivided into Parts, then into Sections.

The CFR is updated yearly on a staggered schedule:

  • Titles 1-16: January 1
  • Titles 17-27: April 1
  • Titles 28-41: July 1
  • Titles 42-50: October 1

Thormodsgard Law Library has the current edition available in print. It is also available electronically on Hein Online, and there are annotated versions on WestlawNext (available at the law library) and Lexis Advance. These are all subscription services, but the CFR can also be searched for free on eCFR, Legal Information Institute (LII), and FDSys.

Historical versions are available on Hein Online (full run – first published in 1938), FDSys (starting at 1996), and WestlawNext (starting at 1984).

*The NDGF Director, Terry Steinwand, will be on campus Thursday, November 11 along with two attorneys from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They will present on state and local authority and initiatives to protect wildlife.

Coming soon: North Dakota Administrative Code.

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