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Federal Statutes: A Beginner’s Guide

Session Laws

At the end of each session of Congress, the OFR prepares the United States Statutes at Large, which includes all of the public and private laws passed in the session, as well as “concurrent resolutions, reorganization plans, proposed and ratified amendments to the Constitution, and proclamations by the President.” The Statutes at Large is organized chronologically, based on the enactment date of each law. Each Statutes at Large volume also contains a table of contents and a subject index (sometimes both a subject and individual/personal name index), in order to aid in the location of documents.

All copies of the Statutes at Large are freely available online, on the following websites:

The print version of Statutes at Large is available in the Law Library Reading Room.