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Free Online Legal Research

This Guide describes a wide range of online legal research resources. It covers primary law, government resources, research guides, reference sources, forms, and legal news.

Other California Sources

Law School Clinics

Some, but not all, law schools provide clinical assistance to the public. Go to the law school's clinical page to find out more about the school's programs.

California Courts Self-Help Centers

Launched in 2001 by the California Judicial Council, the California Courts Self-Help Center is designed to provide the types of legal information needed by the majority of self-represented litigants. A Spanish version was made available in 2003 and information is now also available in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. Several of the topics include instructional videos.

State Bar of California

The State Bar of California's Public Services page includes links to guides, tips, attorney search, and other helpful information.

California Self-Help Guides

Public Counsel's Appellate Law Program

Public Counsel's Appellate Law Program helps pro se litigants better represent themselves in their civil matters and provides pro bono representation in selected cases. The Program operates two clinics, one for civil appeals and one for federal district court cases.

County Law Library Classes & Clinics

This is just a sampling of classes offered by local county law libraries. Use the "Find Your . . . " page on the California Public Law Libraries site to locate your local county law library, then look for links to current events, trainings, classes, or clinics.

Self-Help Online Resources