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.

    Available anywhere through the Internet. You will need to have Adobe Reader to print out court forms.
  • LawHelpCA.org - 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.

    Available anywhere through the Internet.
  • 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.

    Available anywhere through the Internet.
  • 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.

    Available anywhere through the Internet. You will need to have Adobe Reader to read or print out this booklet.
  • Research Guides in Law - A wonderful list of legal and government websites, organized by topic, explaining how to research certain issues and where to find answers online. Maintained by the Washington University School of Law.

    Available anywhere through the Internet.
  • 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.

    Available anywhere through the Internet.