1L Research Guide
Offers a general strategy for approaching any legal research question; links to online resources for each step in the process; and tips applicable whether you are working on assignments in your Legal Research & Writing or Written & Oral Advocacy classes, matters for a clinical course or externship placement, or client research in a summer associate position.
Some starting points to find law library resources that support your 2L/3L research, work, and development. Topics include research and writing for the JD Writing Requirement (aka "Option 1" and "Option 2"), or for a student Note for journal publication; upper level course prep, clinical/externship/field placement work, and journal editorial tasks; and career planning and interviewing skills.
American Indian Law
A guide to the law of the United States as it pertains to the American Indian. Includes print and microform resources held by the Law Library as well as online databases, texts, and web sites.
Armed Conflict and International Law
Designed to cover research on issues related to international humanitarian law, including law of war and law of armed conflict. Sections include locating international instruments, cases, national law, and more.
Basic & Background Sources for International & Foreign Legal Research
A research guide that focuses on basic and background sources for researching international, foreign, and comparative law topics. Sources include freely available websites as well as subscription databases. Research guides, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and more are suggested for any stage in the research process.
Free & Low-Cost Legal Research
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.
How to Get Published: A Guide to Human Rights and Social Justice Journals
This guide is aimed at undergraduate students, law and other graduate students, and recent alumni who wish to publish their research related to human rights and social justice. The guide provides information on preemption checking, picking a publication, the mechanics of the submission process, and more information.
International Business Transactions
This IBT guide covers researching national laws related to international business transactions. It covers specific topics: arbitration, commercial law, competition/antitrust, labor, securities regulation, and more.
International Commercial Arbitration
The guide includes information on locating treaties, awards, national laws, and other information. Includes both print and electronic sources, including databases like KluwerArbitration.
International Human Rights
This guide to international human rights research covers strategy and sources, both print and electronic.
JD Writing Requirement
This guide provides students with resources and information that support them in completing the Berkeley Law writing requirement.
Legal Advice and Referrals
Suggestions for self help services, finding a lawyer, and locating organizations that provide specialized legal help.
Lexis & Westlaw Search Tips & Tricks
For all you need to know to start using smart, logical, sophisticated Terms & Connectors on the major legal research services. Includes examples with a comparison of results.
Local Government Legal Resources
Suggested sources of information pertaining to municipal or county legal research, with a special emphasis on California local government.
This guide is designed to assist the scholar or student seeking access to subscription news sources for current and historical news.
Prep for Your Clerkship InterviewUCB only
Resources and tips for finding out about biographical and career history, caseload and docket profiles, and jurisdictional facts about a specific judge.
Prep for Your Law Firm Interview
A selection of library and other research resources to help you get an overview of a law firm, attorney, or judge's organization and practice, in preparation for interviewing for a summer associate, intern/extern, or entry-level position.
This guide covers researching refugee law, including print and electronic sources. There is a section on U.S. immigration research, as well as a section on locating foreign law.
Source Collection 1-2-3
Covers the basics of sorting through and tracking down a list of sources you are assigned to collect for a journal's cite-checking project. Tips on understanding what kind of source you are looking for, and how to collect the copies you need from books, articles, and primary sources (cases, constitutions, statutes, etc.).
Student Computing Guide
A guide to computing at Berkeley Law. Covers laptops, the lab, printing, scanning, and other miscellaneous computer-related concerns.
Study aids, including Nutshells, Examples & Explanations, Understanding Series and Outlines are introductory texts that help you prepare for class and exams. They complement your own reading, class preparation and outlining, explaining various topics of law in a straightforward, narrative manner.
The United Nations
Both print and electronic sources for researching basic UN legal issues, documents and publications.
United Nations Treaties
This guide provides detailed instructions for how to find treaties and associated treaty actions in the United Nations' Treaty Collection and other websites.