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Law Libraries

Law libraries are designed specifically to be used as a resource by law students, lawyers, law clerks, and judges when studying or preparing for cases. Law libraries are also open to anyone else with legal questions. Every law school in the United States should have its own library and in California each county is required to have a law library available for use by the general public.

  • Bernard E. Witkin - Alameda County Public Law Library
    This county legal library is open to all. All resources are available for in-library use. Alameda County residents, 18 and over, may borrow circulating materials with deposit.
  • Boalt Hall Law Library
    This academic law library is open to the public for in-house legal research except during peak pre-exam times.
  • California Law Libraries
    Find public law libraries around California using the links on this website by the Council of California County law Librarians.

Free and Low-cost Legal Assistance

The California courts have gathered information about free and low-cost legal assistance available from the courts and other agencies.

Legal aid societies provide free legal advice, representation, and other legal services in noncriminal cases to the economically disadvantaged. The societies are located in most major metropolitan areas throughout the state.

Community Resources

Browse lists of local legal organizations in the Berkeley Information Network using the links below. 

  • Legal Organizations by Subject
    BIN organizes legal and law-related organizations by their topic. Use the links on this page to find the organization that's right for you.

Find a Lawyer - Online Resources

Choosing a lawyer is a big decision. You can find useful information about the process of hiring a lawyer from the California Bar Association using the first link. The next two links are searchable lawyer directories.


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