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In this Online Guide
In this guide you will find
- free resources
- low cost resources
- and resources limited to users with a particular membership, e.g. to a bar association.
These resources are useful for
- legal professionals
- law students
- non-law students, and
- the general public.
The legal resources available include:
- Forms, and
- Secondary Sources
Highly Recommended!* (*But not free)
If you just want to know the law on a particular issue, here are some excellent legal resources: the Cause of Action (COA) books, and, for those researching Missouri Law, the Missouri Bar CLEs or West's Missouri Practice Series.
These books explain the law in its simplest terms, and can save a lot of time. They are not freely available, but can be read in print in the MU Law Library.
Law Library Database Resources
The law library has a public version of Westlaw, accessible on the terminals in the reference area. It is especially useful for searching Missouri resources.
Other databases are accessible through the library's Online Legal Resources page.
Need a lawyer? Legal Services in Missouri
Mid-Missouri Legal Services - Columbia
Phone: (573) 442-0116
Provides free civil legal services to low income individuals in many situations.
MMLS does not provide assistance in any criminal issue (including traffic tickets).
Missouri State Public Defender
Phone: (573) 777-9977
The Missouri State Public Defender System (MSPD) provides legal representation to all indigent citizens accused of or convicted of crimes in Missouri.
Missouri Bar - find a lawyer service
The Missouri Bar has discontinued its Lawyer referral service and now provides this Find a Lawyer service which allows members of the public to search for lawyers who have indicated that they are accepting new clients by practice area, geographic location and more.