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The OLC's Opinions

Opinions published by the OLC, including those released in response to our FOIA lawsuit

This Reading Room is the most comprehensive public database of opinions written by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). It contains the approximately 1,400 opinions published by the OLC in its online database and the opinions produced in Freedom of Information Act litigation brought by the Knight Institute, including opinions about the Pentagon Papers, the Civil Rights Era, and the War Powers Act. It also contains indexes of all unclassified OLC opinions written between 1945 and February 15, 1994. Those indexes are also available as a comprehensive list here and in .csv format here.

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  • Index of 1948 unclassified OLC legal opinions

    The OLC disclosed this index—of unclassifed OLC legal opinions from 1948—to the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University during the litigation in Francis v. DOJ.

    4/15/2021

  • Index of 1949 unclassified OLC legal opinions

    The OLC disclosed this index—of unclassifed OLC legal opinions from 1949—to the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University during the litigation in Francis v. DOJ.

    4/15/2021

  • Index of 1950 unclassified OLC legal opinions

    The OLC disclosed this index—of unclassifed OLC legal opinions from 1950—to the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University during the litigation in Francis v. DOJ.

    4/15/2021

  • Index of 1951 unclassified OLC legal opinions

    The OLC disclosed this index—of unclassifed OLC legal opinions from 1951—to the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University during the litigation in Francis v. DOJ.

    4/15/2021

  • Index of 1952 unclassified OLC legal opinions

    The OLC disclosed this index—of unclassifed OLC legal opinions from 1952—to the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University during the litigation in Francis v. DOJ.

    4/15/2021

  • Index of 1953 unclassified OLC legal opinions

    The OLC disclosed this index—of unclassifed OLC legal opinions from 1953—to the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University during the litigation in Francis v. DOJ.

    4/15/2021

  • Index of 1955 unclassified OLC legal opinions

    The OLC disclosed this index—of unclassifed OLC legal opinions from 1955—to the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University during the litigation in Francis v. DOJ.

    4/15/2021

  • Index of 1956 unclassified OLC legal opinions

    The OLC disclosed this index—of unclassifed OLC legal opinions from 1956—to the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University during the litigation in Francis v. DOJ.

    4/15/2021

  • Index of 1957 unclassified OLC legal opinions

    The OLC disclosed this index—of unclassifed OLC legal opinions from 1957—to the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University during the litigation in Francis v. DOJ.

    4/15/2021

  • Index of 1958 unclassified OLC legal opinions

    The OLC disclosed this index—of unclassifed OLC legal opinions from 1958—to the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University during the litigation in Francis v. DOJ.

    4/15/2021

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