There are countless free (or low-cost) legal research resources available online. The trick is narrowing down the available information to find reliable and up-to-date information.
This guide provides links and suggestions for free and low-cost legal research resources, including: free federal, California, and secondary resources; low-cost legal databases; and other resources and guides.
While you are a student at Berkeley Law, you have access to a wealth of commercial legal research databases including Lexis and Westlaw. These are terrific resources, but there are reasons why you should understand how to also use free and low-cost legal research options, including:
When using free and low-cost resources, it is important to keep the following limitations in mind: