Legal Research

Areas of Law

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From abatement to zoning the library offers research materials on all areas of law.

From abatement to zoning the LA Law Library offers research material on all areas of law.

Our collection covers an abundance of legal topics as diverse as acknowledgment, fish and game, laundries, pipelines, telegraphs and telephones, and warehouses and wharfs. Statutes provide the law and cases supply an in-depth view of how courts and administrative agencies have interpreted legal subjects including bankruptcy, contracts, families and children, property, torts, and wills and trusts.
Use an encyclopedia to understand creditor's rights and remedies, a treatise for detailed description about water law, and a practice guide to learn how to create a corporation.

  • Thousands of printed resources
  • Hundreds of legal topics
  • California , other states and territories, Federal
  • Scholarly review of legal theories
  • Helpful commonplace usage
  • Wide range of issues
  • Detailed over-view of subject areas
  • Practical guidelines and procedures for various topics


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LA Law Library maintains a broad collection of California Courts of Appeal briefs!

LA Law Library is one of four libraries in the California to receive Court of Appeal briefs. While retaining a large number of briefs in print format, LA Law Library is also digitizing briefs and making them available online.

Once patrons have identified an appellate case, they can contact a Reference Librarian to access print copies of briefs.

Broad Collection

  • The collection includes briefs dating back to California's admission to the Union. 
  • Includes digitized briefs from 1999 to the present

Available Remotely and in the Library

  • Request paper copies of briefs at the Reference Desk by phone or in person
  • Request email copies of briefs by completing the form below including docket number


Brief Request Form:


Library Materials

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LA Law Library has over 35 miles of shelves, containing close to a million volumes.

LA Law Library's print materials cover every legal topic.

LA Law Library has over 35 miles of shelves, containing hundreds of thousands of volumes. Our collection consists of primary and secondary materials for Federal Law and all 50 states, with an emphasis on California resources. We also offer on-site access to dozens of legal databases. Search the catalog to find titles!

People researching cases can use the print materials at LA Law Library to research: how to file a lawsuit, liability for injuries and how to follow court procedures, among others.

Extensive Collection
  • Over 700,000 volumes in print
  • Self-help materials for those representing themselves
Comprehensive Coverage
  • Materials covering most issues relating to Federal or California law
  • Current and historical materials for Federal, States and U.S. Territories primary materials
  • California and Federal Government Documents
Practice Materials
  • Litigation and procedural guides give instruction and examples
  • Topic-specific publications provide references to statutory law and case law

Search the library catalog to find relevant titles!


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