Doing Legal Research
Legal Research at Jenkins
Legal research can be difficult, even for someone who knows the law. The links in this guide will help you find primary legal sources, like statutes (laws), court rules, administrative regulations, and caselaw.
Jenkins staff can help you do your own research, but because we are not lawyers, we cannot give you answers to your legal questions. In fact, we will tell you that you should consult an attorney if you have a legal problem. See the Free or Low-Cost Legal Assistance or Find a Lawyer pages of this guide for contact information of organizations or lawyers that may be able to provide legal advice or representation.
Starting Points for Researching a Legal Issue Using Print or Digital Resources (created by members of the American Association of Law Libraries) gives a basic overview of the law and our court systems. It includes tips on where & how to find legal information and explains the differences between statutes, regulations and cases. Also avaliable en Español.
About Jenkins Law Library
Jenkins Law Library is open to the public for a fee of $5 per day. You may conduct your own legal research using any of the print and electronic resources in our collection. Computers with the legal databases Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law may be used for 1 hour per day. Internet and word processing computers are available for extended use.
A reference librarian is available to assist with finding and using books and searching the legal databases on the computers. Librarians and staff at Jenkins Law Library are not able to give legal advice, select or fill out forms, write briefs or memorandum, or conduct any research for you. The information found in this guide is not a substitute for professional legal advice. Jenkins Law Library assumes no responsibility and accepts no liability for actions taken by users of this research guide or the links provided within it.
Finding Forms and Other Resources
Our Self-Help guide offers a selection of links on a variety of subjects, including custody & support, divorce, domestic violence and protection from abuse, ejectment, elder law, landlord tenant, and memorandum of law (writing a brief). Jenkins also has a variety of print and electronic resources available in the library.
Our Research Guides offer guidance on where you can start your legal research at Jenkins for a selection of topics. If you decide to visit the library, our librarians can guide you to further sources that may help with your research.