Online Classes

Welcome to LA Law Library's online legal education page! We are pleased to be able provide free access to recordings of some of our most popular classes.

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In Person: The classes listed here -- and many others -- are regularly offered in-person at our Main Branch in downtown Los Angeles, and also at our branch and partnership locations throughout the County. At the live, in-person editions of these classes, you can ask questions of the instructor, hear answers to other students' questions, and stay after the class to learn even more by accessing all of the on-site resources of the second largest public law library in the nation. Keep an eye on our calendar and sign up for our email list here to stay up-to-date on all of our classes and events throughout the County.

Class Topics: We offer online classes on many different types of everyday legal issues. You can use the search function below to find a class on the topic you need, or you can browse through the full list. Look for classes in the following areas:

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Appeals: How the Court Process Works
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2023
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

An appeal is very different from trial court proceedings. There are many misconceptions about how appeals work and what the appellate courts will consider. Learn what an appeal is, the steps to take to appeal a trial court decision and the importance of the concept of harmful, judicial error.

Civil Lawsuit Basics: How to Correct Mistakes & Defaults
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2025
12:02 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

Mistakes happen in the course of a civil lawsuit. For example, a defendant may fail to respond to a lawsuit within the required time, resulting in a "default," which terminates the rights of the defendant to dispute the allegations. Or, a plaintiff may fail to respond to a defense motion, resulting in dismissal of the lawsuit. In this class, learn how to get back on track by asking a judge to "set aside" (or undo) defaults and other mistakes in California state courts.

Civil Lawsuit Basics: How to File and Respond to Complaints
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2025
12:04 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

A civil lawsuit starts with the filing and service of a written complaint; the defendant must then file an answer or other response. These are called pleadings, and they set the stage for all that comes afterward in the lawsuit. In this class, learn how to prepare, file, serve and respond to civil case pleadings in California state court.

Civil Lawsuit Basics: How to Make and Oppose Motions
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Jan 1, 2025
12:06 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

 A motion is how you request that a court order someone to do something in your lawsuit. Motions are made to obtain many types of orders: to postpone a trial to a later date, to modify an order for child support, to get a judgment without going to trial, to get a rehearing or a new trial, or for sanctions when a party breaks the rules (just to name a few). A motion for any of these orders can have a huge impact on your case. This class is intended to give an overview of how motions work in California state court and the rules of procedure that apply to making, filing, serving and opposing motions.

Civil Lawsuit Basics: Subpoenas & RFPs: Getting Documents to Prove Your Case
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2023
12:08 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

The process of discovery in a civil lawsuit allows a party to obtain information and documents relevant to the suit. This helps the parties know ahead of time what evidence might be presented at trial, or to resolve the case prior to trial. In this class, learn about subpoenas and requests for production (RFPs) in California state court civil cases, in order to discover written documents and other physical objects you might need to prove your case or defend yourself successfully.

Civil Lawsuit Basics: When, Why & How to Settle a Case
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2023
12:10 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

More than 90% of civil cases settle or are dismissed prior to trial, yet most litigants spend very little time thinking about whether or how to settle their cases. Learn when settlement makes sense, what resources and tools are available to you and how to negotiate effectively to get the best possible result without the uncertainty, time, and expense of taking a case all the way to trial.

Civil Rights: Where You Begin
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2025
12:12 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

Many people can't afford a lawyer to handle their legal issues. This can make it difficult to protect your civil rights, including your right to be free from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and education. In this class, learn about your civil rights under state and federal law, how these rights are protected, and resources available to help. Learning important fundamentals about civil rights can make your legal journey easier and more successful.

Custody & Child Support: Where You Begin
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Jan 1, 2025
12:14 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

Many people can't afford a lawyer to handle their legal issues, which can make child custody and support problems daunting. In this class, learn how courts determine who gets child custody, who pays child support and how child support is calculated, plus where to go when you need help or further information. Learning important fundamentals about custody and support can make your legal journey easier and more successful.

How to Access Court Records
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Jan 1, 2025
12:24 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

Many people need to find important court records, but doing so can be complicated. Although most documents filed with a court are public record and accessible to anyone, each court makes records available in different ways, and surprisingly few are freely available online. In this class, learn how to locate and access common types of court documents from state and federal courts.

Know Before You Sign on the Dotted Line: Reading & Negotiating Business Contracts (Business Series)
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2025
12:28 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

New and growing businesses must enter into a variety of contracts, with landlords, suppliers, and clients, to name a few. Learn how to read common “boilerplate” contractual language and negotiate contractual terms to your advantage.

Know Your Rights When Interacting With Police
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Jan 1, 2025
12:29 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

Interactions with law enforcement can be intimidating and unsettling. This class covers how to make smart choices when interacting with the police. Includes tips for how to respond when talking to the police on the street, in your car and in your home. Covers civil rights and responsibilities of the police and public.

Landlord-Tenant: Where You Begin
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Jan 1, 2024
12:30 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

Many people can't afford a lawyer to handle their legal issues. Whether you are a tenant or a landlord, if you are facing property rental issues in California without a lawyer, this class will help you get started by teaching you essential information about your rights and responsibilities and what resources are available to help. Learning important fundamentals about landlord-tenant law can make your legal journey easier and more successful.

Protecting Your Intellectual Property: Copyrights & Trade Secrets (Business Series)
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2025
12:32 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

As a business owner, you try to do things that set you apart from the competition. Usually, you do not want the competition to know your important business information, and you don't want them to profit from your creative expressions and original works. In this class, learn how to protect the information and work that gives your business an edge.

Protecting Your Intellectual Property: Trademarks & Patents (Business Series)
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2025
12:34 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

Many successful businesses develop important assets that are "intangible," including trademarks identifying your products (or services) in the flow of commerce, and patents to protect scientific inventions. Learn how to protect such assets and ensure your company's continued success.

Quicklook: Legal Research on the Internet
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Jan 1, 2025
12:36 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

Learn how to evaluate and use free sources of legal information online. This class also introduces select low cost websites for researching California and federal law.

International Trade: Increase Your Revenue by Tapping Foreign Markets
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2025
12:37 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

Exporting can be a great untapped source of revenue for Los Angeles area businesses. Learn about the resources available to beginning exporters and the nuts and bolts of starting your own export business.

Small Claims: Where You Begin
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Jan 1, 2025
12:38 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

Even though the proceedings are simplified, going to small claims court can be intimidating. You have to know certain basic information to win your claim or defend against someone else's. This class provides information you need to go to small claims court with confidence. You will also learn about free resources available to help. Learning important legal fundamentals about small claims court can make your legal journey easier and more successful.

Wills & Trusts: Where You Begin
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Jan 1, 2025
12:45 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

Planning for the end of life, illness or disability is complicated, and it’s hard to know where to start. Preparing proper legal documentation now, while you are still able, can protect your loved ones financially and emotionally in case of death or incapacity. Learning important legal fundamentals about wills, trusts and advanced health care planning can make your legal journey easier and more successful.

Business Series: Starting and Growing Your Business: Where to Start
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Sep 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2025
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
FREE
Business Series: Planning for Success: Business Model Workshop
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Sep 8, 2020 - Dec 31, 2025
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

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