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Legal Research for Non-Lawyers

A guide to researching a legal problem for non-lawyers.

Free Online Resources

Colorado Legal Help Center – Connects Colorado’s unrepresented litigants to legal information, practical resources, and contact information for assistance with legal issues. – Includes links to websites for the governor, attorney general, state courts, state agencies, the legislature, and local codes.

Colorado General Assembly – Offers links to the Colorado Revised statutes, court rules, the Colorado Constitution, the United States Constitution, and more.

GPO Access – Provides free online access to the U.S. Code, the Code of Federal Regulations, Supreme Court opinions, and many other government publications.

Google Scholar -- Offers free case law and select law review articles.

Cornell’s Legal Information Institute (LII) -- Offers links to state and federal constitutions and codes, selected state and federal case opinions, legal research guides by topic, and basic legal citation examples.

The Public Library of Law -- Includes links to free online sources of case law, statutes, regulations, court rules, constitutions and legal forms.

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