Reference Services

We CAN:

  • Direct you to where items are located in the library
  • Help you find legal citations
  • Suggest specific titles or sections in regards to your question(s)
  • Explain how a set of books is organized and indexed
  • Show you how to use the web catalog and various legal databases
  • Photocopy, fax, or e-mail you a specific citation for a fee
  • Refer you to another library if our library does not have the resources you need
  • Refer you to legal assistance organizations in the area
  • Give you the telephone numbers for bar associations’ lawyer referral services and show you directories of attorneys and how to use them

While the reference staff makes every effort to help patrons use the law library’s print and digital collection, the unauthorized practice of law is prohibited by Business & Professions Code §6125 and is an unlawful practice for the purposes of §17200.

We CANNOT:

  • Give legal advice or state opinions on legal issues
  • Interpret or explain the law, regulations, court cases, and any other documents
  • Help you fill in any forms or type motions, petitions, orders, or stipulations
  • Select specific forms, motions, petitions, orders, or stipulations for you
  • Do legal research for you
  • Tell you whether a statue or case is still good law or has been overruled
  • Aid you in non-legal computer usage

Telephone Reference:

We CAN:

  • Search our catalog to check if the library has the book, loose-leaf, or law review you are looking for
  • Provide telephone numbers, addresses, websites for bar associations, libraries, legal publishers, state, and federal government agencies, courts, legislative bodies, and similar organizations
  • Photocopy, fax, or e-mail you a case, rule, statute, jury instruction, or definition with a specific citation fee
  • Refer you to legal assistance organizations in the area
  • Refer you to bar associations’ lawyer referral services

We CANNOT:

  • Read cases, statutes, court rules, or definitions to you over the phone
  • Return long distance calls