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Overview Sites Legal Dictionary
Free online dictionary for legal terms

Alameda County Law Library
The Alameda County Law Library is supported by court fees, and primarily serves lawyers, judges and other officers of the court. However, it is open to the public. The main library is in Oakland, and there is a branch in Hayward. Go to this site to find hours and directions to these libraries and connect to their catalog.

Public Law Library
Provides a list of self-help centers for those representing themselves in court, a mini-class on doing legal research and a wide-ranging collection of legal links.

Well-organized and user-friendly site for do-it-yourself legal solutions including wills, divorce and rental issues.

Northern California Association of Law Libraries
A list of internet resources for legal issues by subject area, with a separate listing of California resources.

Contains links to international, federal and state law among other features. Recommended by law schools and attorneys.

Cornell Legal Institute
Comprehensive academic site including constitutions and codes, court opinions, and topic-based access to legal sources under "Law about…".

Ask Now's Law Librarian Service
Chat online and ask a law librarian your question.

American Bar Association's Law Info site
Information for the consumer, divided into eight sections: buying and selling, your finances, your home, your family, your job, the courts, criminal justice, and find a lawyer.

CourtTV Online
Provides information on current newsworthy cases and controversies. Also includes a Crime Library of famous cases.

Government Codes and Manuals Online
Find, read or download many government codes both Federal and California. Includes, but not limited to: 2007 California Code of Regulations; 2007 Administrative, Fire, Electrical, Plumbing, Building and Mechanical Codes; U.S. Government Manual; Copyrights. Free.


Federal Laws

U.S. Constitution (from Legal Research Institute)
The text of the Constitution and the Amendments.

Bills and other Legislative Information
This site from the Library of Congress provides access to bills currently in Congress that have not yet been enacted into law as well as the text of the Laws enacted by Congress in recent years. There is also a helpful FAQ page, plus directories to the legislature, voting records and historic documents.

United States Statutes at Large
Since 1845, every law, public and private, ever enacted by the Congress is published in the Statutes at Large in order of the date of its passage.

United States Code (USC)
The USC rearranges the Statutes at Large into subject order, and only includes laws that are still in force.

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
Federal agencies can also pass laws—regulatory laws. These have the same force of law as those passed by Congress. The CFR is a list of the regulations by agency, with an index to help find individual regulations.

US Supreme Court
Opinions from 1991 to the present, information about cases on the Court's docket, calendar, transcripts of oral arguments, and basic public information about the Court.



California Courts Self-Help Center
This easy-to-use site offers basic information on a range of topics and a guide to sources of free and low cost legal assistance. Also provides the same information in Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.

California Foreclosure Information
Find clear, reliable information about the current mortgage crisis. The site contains information on foreclosures, evictions, and mortgages as well as resources in Spanish and opportunities for attorneys who want to get involved.

Official California Legislative Information
Search for California bills from 1993 to the present. Also provides access to current codes, information on members of the legislature and a calendar of daily events.

California Codes
On this page you can search the California Codes by individual code or all of them at once.

California Code of Regulations
This is California’s version of the Code of Federal Regulations. As in federal law, a regulation is a rule adopted by a regulatory agency (state, in this case) and has the force of law.

FindLaw California: Case Law
Provides access to California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals cases from 1934 to the present. Must register (free) to view the cases.


Alameda County

Alameda County Bar Association
Links to a Lawyer Referral Service and Alternative Dispute Resolution information.

Alameda County Codes
Includes the Administrative Code and the General Ordinance Code, which includes health & safety, business, and traffic regulations issued by the County.


Municipal Codes

These codes include business licensing, public safety, building, traffic and other regulations for each city.











San Leandro

Union City



Alameda County Courts
Alameda County Superior Court has jurisdiction in all trial court matters in the County.

California Courts

United States Bankruptcy Court/Northern District of California


Special Topics

Immigration Law

Employment Law


Attorneys Directory
Find a lawyer by name, specialty or location.

The State Bar of California
The State Bar of California.

California Specialist (from the State Bar of CA)
Search for legal specialists certified by the California State Bar and by other accrediting institutions.

Alameda County Bar Association Lawyers in the Library Program

The Alameda County Bar Association Lawyers in the Library Program provides free confidential legal referral information to all Alameda County residents. The program is staffed by volunteer attorneys and held at local library branches. Please contact the library in advance to confirm the date and time.

Click here, For Printable Program Hours and Locations.



Alameda County Superior Court
Includes family law and small claims forms among others.

California Judicial Council Forms
Pre-printed and fill-in forms for California courts.

California Superior Court EZLegalFile
This is an interactive program that people can use for help in filling out forms on family law, small claims, evictions, domestic violence, and guardianship. Users answer a series of questions, and the program generates completed forms in PDF to print and file in court.
Provides federal government forms most used by the public.

Legal Forms - Gale Legal Forms provides a wide selection of California legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in plain English.