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Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP)

A weekly subject-categorized index to the most recent issues of nearly 650 legal publications.

Using the Publication

How to Access CILP in HeinOnline

Electronic subscribers to the publication receive the full text of the most recent CILP issue on most Mondays of the year. Subscribers may download the CILP issue in various file formats directly in the HeinOnline interface. The files are available in a dedicated database, along with the entire archive of CILP issues.

File Formats Available: 

  • PDF
  • Word
  • ASCII Text
  • HTML Subject List
  • HTML Table of Contents

Upon navigating to the HeinOnline welcome page, subscribed users will see Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP) as a database available within their subscription.












The landing page of the database presents subscribers with current and previous issues of the publication. In addition to the various file formats, the database also includes access to the full archive of CILP, dating back to its inception in 1936, and a button to create a SmartCILP profile


CILP Subject Headings

All content in Current Index to Legal Periodicals has been assigned one or more subjects, meticulously maintained and defined by the editors of the publication. The 104 subjects can be found below. 

  • Administrative Law
  • Education Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Religion
  • Admiralty
  • Elder Law
  • Juveniles
  • Remedies
  • Agriculture Law
  • Elections and Voting
  • Labor Law
  • Reproduction
  • Air and Space Law
  • Employment Practice
  • Land Use
  • Retirement Security
  • Animal Law
  • Energy and Utilities Law
  • Law and Society
  • Science and Technology
  • Arts and Entertainment
  • Environmental Law
  • Law Enforcement
  • Second Amendment
  • Banking and Finance
  • Estates and Trusts
  • Law of the Sea
  • Secured Transactions
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Evidence
  • Legal Analysis and Writing
  • Securities Law
  • Biography
  • First Amendment
  • Legal Education
  • Sentencing and Punishment
  • Business Organizations
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Legal History
  • Sex Crimes
  • Civil Law
  • Fourteenth Amendment
  • Legal Profession
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Civil Rights, Generally
  • Gaming
  • Legal Research and Libraries
  • Social Welfare
  • Commercial Law
  • Gender
  • Legislation
  • Sports
  • Communications Law
  • Government Contracts
  • Medical Jurisprudence
  • State and Local Government Law
  • Comparative and Foreign Law
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Military, War, and Peace
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Housing Law
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Tax Policy
  • Constitutional Law, Generally
  • Human Rights Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Taxation—Federal
  • Consumer Protection Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Taxation—Federal Estate and Gift
  • Contracts
  • Indigenous Law
  • Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law
  • Taxation—State and Local
  • Courts
  • Information Privacy
  • Politics
  • Taxation—Transnational
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Insurance Law
  • Practice and Procedure
  • Terrorism
  • Disability Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • President/Executive Department
  • Torts
  • Disaster Law
  • International Law
  • Professional Ethics
  • Trade Regulation
  • Dispute Resolution
  • International Trade
  • Property—Personal and Real
  • Transportation Law
  • Domestic Relations
  • Judges
  • Psychology and Psychiatry
  • Water Law
  • Economics
  • Jurisdiction
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Workers' Compensation Law

Many of these subjects have been further categorized into topics (or groups) for easy selection when creating a SmartCILP profile. View the full list of groups here