This guide is designed to help non-lawyers navigate the Missouri legal system & offers tips on how to conduct legal research, explains Alternative Dispute Resolution, and offers resources on how to find an attorney.
This guide is intended as an aid for non-lawyers and self-represented litigants in finding and decoding legal information. Please browse the tabs on the top of this page to get started.
The MU Law Library has several computers that are freely available to the public with limited access to Westlaw and LexisNexis. Additionally, we have a multitude of print resources designed to assist Missourians with understanding their legal rights. Please browse this guide and contact us, or stop in, if you have any questions.
- How to Research a Legal Problem: A Guide for Non-Lawyers
(American Association of Law Libraries)
This guide offers sequential steps and sources intended to help a person with a legal problem find information to resolve or prevent conflict.
- Locating the Law: A Handbook for Non-Law Librarians
(Southern California Association of Law Libraries) This guide provides an explanation of basic legal research techniques. Although it focuses on California law, it contains much information that is not California specific.
- Introduction to Legal Materials: A Manual for Non-Law Librarians in Wisconsin
(Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin) This excellent and comprehensive guide to legal materials is aimed primarily at public librarians. Although it focuses on Wisconsin law, it contains much information that is not Wisconsin specific.
- Public Library Toolkit
(American Association of Law Libraries) Provides information designed to "help public librarians understand the process of legal research...with the end goal of helping the patron locate the legal information they need." State specific information is also provided for selected states.
A hearty "thank you!" to Sara Lowe, Reference Librarian and Assistant Professor at Drake University Law Library in Des Moines, IA, for granting permissions to use her innovative libguide as a template for this resource.
This guide is for your benefit so tell us what you think. Suggestions are welcome!