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This guide provides resources for information on the history of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana.


The Constitution of the State of Louisiana is the cornerstone of Louisiana state law ensuring the rights of individuals, describing the distribution and power of state officials and local government, establishing the state and city civil service systems, creating and defining the operation of a state lottery, and the manner of revising the constitution.

It was adopted by Constitutional Convention in 1974, ratified by the voters of the state on April 20, 1974 and became effective on January 1, 1975.

Louisiana's constitution, the eleventh in the state's history, dates back to 1974 and has been amended numerous times.

General Louisiana Legal Research Guides

Below are the three prominent publications that cover the topic of general legal research in Louisiana:

Algero, Mary Garvey. Louisiana Legal Research. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2009.
   LOCATION: Reserve KFL 75 .A44 2009

Chiang, Win-Shin S. Louisiana Legal Research. 2nd ed. Austin, TX: Butterworth Legal Publishers, 1990.
   LOCATION: Reserve KFL 75 .C47 1990

Wallach, Kate. Research in Louisiana Law. Baton Rouge, La.: Louisiana State University Press, 1958.
   LOCATION: Reserve KFL 75 .W35 1972

Other works can be located by searching the Library's online catalog for the keywords "Louisiana legal research."

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