Oyez is a great free legal resource on the web that lets you listen to United States Supreme Court arguments. Oyez has long been one of my favorite websites. It has been around a long time, starting some twenty years ago at Northwestern, and moving to IIT’s Chicago-Kent School of Law a few years ago.
The United States Supreme Court started recording oral arguments in 1955. These historic treasures are housed in the Washington, D.C. area and are largely inaccessible to the general public. The Oyez Project digitized these recordings and made them available on the Internet for the world to hear. Due to Oyez’s efforts to digitize them and make them publicly accessible, we are now able to listen to the arguments, as well as read transcripts.
Each case has its own page with a description and synopsis. In addition to the oral argument recording and transcript, it provides basic citation information, a summary of the facts, issues, and decision, and a link to the full text available at Justia.
Closely connected to the Oyez Project is the ISCOTUSnow blog, which reports on news from and about the Supreme Court. ISCOTUSnow can be access via a regular website and also through an ISCOTUS mobile app. ISCOTUS also has a YouTube channel where Chicago-Kent law professors discuss current Supreme Court cases.
The next time you need a little inspiration for that oral argument or just want to learn a little more about the Supreme Court, try turning to Oyez.