Legal Classics: From the Minds of Key Historical Scholars

Library Resources | October 18, 2018

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HeinOnline Legal Classics library offers thousands of classic treatises from some of the greatest legal and academic minds in history. Find out about what this collection has to offer.

In March of 2005, HeinOnline Legal Classics was launched with just 100 titles and 300,000 pages. Since then, it’s grown to include more than 12,000 titles.

Content in this database is authored by some of the world’s most well-known and celebrated legal scholars, including:

Joseph Story, an American lawyer, served on the United States Supreme Court from 1811 to 1845. He authored Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, a comprehensive treatise on United States constitutional provisions, which was first published in 1833. Story is also known for his opinions in two major Supreme Court cases: Martin v. Hunter’s Lessee (14 U.S. 304) and United States v. The Amistad (40 U.S. 518).

Jeremy Bentham was an English philosopher, jurist and early advocate of utilitarianism. His first book, Fragment on Government: Being an Examination of What is Delivered on the Subject of Government in General, in the Introduction to Sir William Blackstone’s Commentaries, was published in 1776. He was an early advocate of equality between the sexes and the decriminalization of homosexuality.

Benjamin Cardozo served as Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals before being appointed to the Supreme Court by President Herbert Hoover in 1932. He was a supporter of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal program and known for his gentle nature. He wrote Nature of the Judicial Process, which was published in 1921.

Other notable authors include:

  • William Blackstone
  • Louis Brandise
  • Edward Coke
  • William Holdsworth
  • Henry Maine
  • Frederick William Maitland
  • Frederick Pollock
  • And many more

Additional titles include:

  • Blackstone’s Commentaries: With Notes of Reference, to the Constitution and Laws, of the Federal Government of the United States; and of the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Commentaries on the Laws of England 
  • Elements of the Law of Torts for the Use of Students
  • Law of Libel and Slander and of Actions on the Case for Words Causing Damage
  • Selections from Three Works of Francisco Suarez
  • Modern American Law
  • Cyclopedia of Law and Procedure
  • Works of Jeremy Bentham
  • Equity - Also the Forms of Action at Common Law - Two Courses of Lectures
  • American and English Encyclopedia of Law
  • Black Metropolis: A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City
  • Burge’s Commentaries on Colonial and Foreign Laws

*This article was originally posted as: Legal Classics: From the Minds of Key Historical Scholars to HeinOnline and was adapted with permission from HeinOnline.

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