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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Below is a list of all events that are currently open for registration. Click on the event name to proceed.
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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.

Appeals: Building Your Case & Persuading the Court
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
FREE
Beneficios de desempleo, incapacidad y ausencia laboral debido a enfermedad durante COVID-19
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Jan 1, 2023
12:01 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

Si usted o un ser querido se ha visto gravemente afectado por la crisis de COVID-19, incluyendo la pérdida de empleo o enfermedad, las leyes federales y las leyes de California brindan importantes beneficios para ayudarlo a usted y a su familia. Tome esta clase para aprender sobre el seguro de desempleo, incluyendo la nueva legislación aprobada en respuesta a la crisis de COVID-19, también aprenda sobre el seguro de incapacidad, permiso de incapacidad, y ausencia laboral debido a enfermedad según la ley nueva y establecida.

Business Series: Branding & Marketing 101
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022
12:01 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

Effectively communicating the value of your product or service is essential to your business success. Learn how to attract and retain your customer base through creative branding, channel marketing, and smart promotion.

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, 2023
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.

Dealing with Debt: Where You Begin
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Jan 1, 2023
12:16 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

Many people can't afford a lawyer to handle their legal issues, especially when it comes to problems with debt. In this class, learn best practices for getting out of debt, how to handle the different types of debt, and your rights when facing repossessions, foreclosures and lawsuits. Learning important legal fundamentals – and the resources available to help – can make your journey out of debt easier and more successful.

Divorce & Separation: Where You Begin
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Jan 1, 2023
12:18 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

Many people can't afford a lawyer to handle their legal issues, which can make dealing with separation and divorce especially difficult. In this class, learn the basics of how divorce and separation work under California family law, including the court process, dividing assets and debts, mediation and settlement options, and where to go for further information and assistance. Learning important legal fundamentals about family law can make your legal journey easier and more successful.

Probate & Inheritance: Where You Begin
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Jan 1, 2023
12:20 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

Many people can't afford a lawyer to handle their legal issues. When someone dies, the probate process for relatives can be intimidating and difficult, especially when disputes arise. In this class, learn the basics of probate court and the administration of estates and trusts, including how to challenge improper use or waste of estate property, and where to go for further information and assistance. Learning important legal fundamentals about probate can make your legal journey easier and more successful.

Finding a Lawyer: Where You Begin
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Jan 1, 2023
12:22 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

Finding legal help you can afford can be difficult. In this class, learn about low-cost and free options for getting help from a lawyer. You will also get information on how to talk to a lawyer, what a lawyer looks for in a client, how to tell your story, and the importance of gathering the facts and documents in your case. Learn how to make your legal journey easier and more successful by making the most out of the legal help you can afford.

Housing Protections for Women and Victims of Domestic Violence
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Jan 1, 2023
12:23 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

Much of the brunt of California’s housing crisis has fallen upon women. According to the last homeless count, victims of domestic violence (majority female) and women generally are over-represented in the increase in the homeless population, and many more experience housing insecurity.

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, 2023
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.

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