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Legal Information Institute

Founded in 1992, Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute (LII) is the world's foremost resource of free-access legal information.  The LII is dedicated to the idea that everyone should be able to read and understand the laws that govern them, without cost.  To make this idea a reality, the LII uses digital technology to publish law online and provide commentary, analysis, and interpretive materials to help people understand the law.  It is always exploring new technologies that make it easier for people to find the law, and it offers all of its content at no cost through its Web site, which each year serves more than 11 million unique visitors from the U.S. and abroad.

Having inspired the "free access to law" movement by becoming the first provider of free legal information on the Internet, the LII is working to enhance the services it provides.  In the short term, its major goals are to expand its analysis and consulting services to nations in the developing world that want to publish their respective laws online without cost; to increase the availability and usefulness of American regulatory information to businesses and to the public; and to redesign and restructure its existing Internet services in ways that will encourage corporate sponsorships, advertising, fundraising, and user engagement.

The LII does not have an independent endowment; most of its funding comes from Cornell Law School.  For a crucial portion of its operating budget, which goes to pay staff salaries, develop site content, and maintain and improve its technical infrastructure, the LII relies on contributions from persons like you: citizens interested in law, students, legal professionals, supporters of free access to information, and believers in the LII's mission—that "everyone should be able to read and understand the laws that govern them, without cost."

If free and unconditional access to law is important to you, please consider supporting the LII.

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