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