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LGLA 1303 - Legal Research Term Project

Research Guide for LGLA 1303 Legal Research Term Project assignment

Texas Statutory Law

Vernon's Texas Statutes & Codes Annotated

The laws for Texas are published as statutes and codes.

The official statutes and codes for Texas are published in Vernon's Texas Statutes and Codes Annotated. Vernon's is available in full-text on Westlaw.

Vernon's Texas Codes Annotated

Print Edition Location:

Legal Reference

KFT 1555 .A295

To find your topic in the Texas Penal Codes: 

  1. Locate the Penal Code volumes of Vernon's Texas Codes Annotated.
  2. At the back of the last volume of each section of code, there is an index for that code. Use the index to look up your topic and find the relevant section number.
  3. Locate the section number(s) in the Penal Code volumes.

PLEASE NOTE: The print series available in the Library is no longer being updated and is for Teaching Purposes Only. For the latest information, see Westlaw.

Finding Legislation in Westlaw

Finding Legislation in Westlaw: Step by Step

Vernon's Texas Codes Annotated is available full-text in Westlaw.

To find your topic in the Penal Code:

  1. On the Westlaw homepage, under "Browse" and "All Content," click on Statutes & Court Rules in the first column.

Westlaw Browse Statutes

  1. Choose Texas from the State list.

Westlaw Statutes & Court Rules page with arrow to Texas

  1. Select the Penal Code from the section list for Texas Statutes & Court Rules.

Westlaw Texas Statutes & Court Rules Page with circle around Penal Code

  1. The search box at the top should now be limited to the Texas Penal Code. You can either continue browsing to the section for your topic, or search for your topic using the search box at the top of the page.

Westlaw search bar narrowed to Texas Penal Code

The Assignment

Item: Statutory Law


"Copy appropriate law from Texas Penal Code. In order to get full credit for this section, you MUST include the pocket part!"

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