Legal Resources & Cases

  • California Judicial Council Forms - The most common and useful court forms, including pleadings, small claims, probate, civil and criminal motions, family law. Many forms and instructions are available in multiple languages.
  • - LawHelpCA is California's official and free legal resource, with reliable information about common legal issues, written by reputable sources on 16 general topics and over 140 specific subtopics, including an updated directory of legitimate and pre-screened organizations that offer free or low-cost legal advice and representation. LawHelpCA is maintained by the Legal Aid Association of California, Pro Bono Net, and from the State Bar of California.

  • The Law Student Guide to Free Legal Research on the Internet - An excellent website with links to dozens of free legal resources. Sponsored by the Free Law Coalition and maintained by Sarah Glassmeyer, a librarian and professor at the Valparaiso University School of Law.
  • Locating the Law - An excellent locally-produced document on how to do legal research and understand legal citations. Produced by the Public Access to Legal Information (PALI) Committee of the Southern California Association of Law Libraries.
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office - The Patent and Trademark Office is the Federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. Start here to search for a patent or trademark, to read up on the newest inventions, or to learn about patent and trademark laws.