law glossaries a to z


My web travels today brought me to a number of glossaries that looked worth sharing with shlep‘s readers.  It seems like a good time to bring together all of the glossaries that have already been mentioned at this weblog.  

Specialized Glossaries  dictionaryN

General Legal Glossaries and Dictionaries

 p.s. As always, we invite readers to use our Comment feature to tell us of relevant resouces to add to our list.

If you know the concept, but not its legal terminology or nomenclature, you might try the OneLook Reverse Dictionary.



  1. Cheryl Stephens

    January 8, 2007 @ 7:12 pm


    Please add this to your list in future.

    The online, multilingual, plain language:

    It is Canadian but of use to those in most countries with Englaish-based legal systems.

    It covers ALL areas of law.

    It includes some 5,000 words and phrases.

    It covers words encountered in the court system in the categories of: science, technical fields, police jargon, drug slang, criminal jargon, medical-legal jargon, and so on.

    And it is translated into:

    As a contributor, I am very proud of it as a useful resource.

  2. david giacalone

    January 8, 2007 @ 9:39 pm


    Cheryl, That’s a great addition (and immediately added). Thank you for taking the time to share this resource with us.

  3. Mary Whisner

    February 1, 2007 @ 12:36 am



    Nice list!

    Another one to add is the Legal Information Institute’s Wex, which is a dictionary (and an encyclopedia) wiki. Definitions are at

    — Mary

  4. Mary Whisner

    February 1, 2007 @ 12:39 am


    There are a couple of more listed in our library’s guide, — Mary

  5. michael breckenridge

    February 9, 2007 @ 3:11 pm


    i am looking for terms or anything about pisoner rights after release from prison. any terms that i may be able to use. thank and if i can ever look something up for you please don’t hessitate to ask.

    thanks again,

    mike breckenridge

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