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This guide was originally created by Deanna Barmakian and has been updated by Terri Saint-Amour.
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Uniform Laws are carefully drafted model laws for potential enactment by state legislatures. State legislatures can reject them, enact them in entirety, or enact them with modifications.

Uniform Laws are authored by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (“NCCUSL”), a group that aims to promote uniformity of state law. Since its founding in 1892, NCCUSL has drafted over 200 Uniform Laws.

Model Acts and Model Codes are similar to Uniform Laws but may be proposed by any individual or organization including the American Bar Association, the American Law Institute, and NCCUSL. In comparison to Uniform Laws, Model Acts are generally used as a basis for designing state laws. They are rarely enacted in entirety.

Print Sources for Uniform and Model Acts

  • Uniform Laws Annotated
    Most complete collection of Uniform and Model Acts, Codes, and Rules. Contains the text of Uniform and Model Laws adopted by at least one state. Includes comments from drafters, tables of adopting jurisdictions with citations and effective dates, variations in text as adopted, case annotations, and secondary source references. An index in pamphlet form sits at the end of the set. Updated annually.
  • Uniform Commercial Code
    The UCC with analysis and case annotations. Treatise-style, multi-volume work. Kept up to date by pocket parts.
  • Model Business Corporation Act Annotated
    Includes comments, case annotations, and secondary source references. 4 volume looseleaf.
  • Model Penal Code
    The Model Penal Code with explanatory notes. Updated by pocket parts.
  • Model Code of Judicial Conduct
    Prepared by the American Bar Association. 2008 edition.

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