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Consumers' Guide to Legal Help - Helping Yourself
Answers to questions such as can I handle my legal problem myself? Where can I find basic legal information? and more. From the American Bar Association.
A do-it-yourself site with free court forms and help filling them out, help selecting which court (includes addresses and phone numbers), finding a lawyer, and legal procedures. From the New York State Unified Court System.
Criminal Justice
"Need help with your Criminal Justice homework and tests? These articles can help enhance your knowledge of criminal law and justice." From CliffsNotes.
Free Legal Help - New York
Sources for free legal help in New York State and organizations for finding them. From the American Bar Association.
Government Information Guide
Comprehensive guide to all major U.S. government agencies and related information. Directory by Middletown Thrall Library.
How Stuff Works: Legal System Channel
Sections include: Crime, Crime Prevention, Law Enforcement, Lawsuits. See also the "How Becoming a Lawyer Works" page.
Landmark Court Decisions
Links to information about historic U.S. Supreme Court cases can be located using a menu of cases, by date, keywords or an alphabetical list of all Supreme Court cases. A very short annotation is also available. From the University of Houston. - New York
Find free legal aid in New York and information about your legal rights, courts, and more. Other states can be selected from the homepage.
Law Information Guide
Comprehensive. Sections include: Legal Resources in the Library (How Law Information is Classified, Law Topics in the Library Catalog, Databases, Law Reference Materials in Print), Law Information on the Web (General & Comprehensive, International/Foreign Law, United States Federal Law, The Supreme Court, New York State Law, Other State Laws, County, City, Town, & Local Government), Blogs, Directories, History & Philosophy, Law by Topic, Law Enforcement, News, Research Tools. Directory by Middletown Thrall Library.
Legal Dictionary
Enter a legal term or search the definitions. From
New York State Law
Directory by Middletown Thrall Library.
Outline of U.S. Legal System
"This Outline covers the history and organization of the federal and state judicial systems; the criminal and civil court processes; the background, qualifications, and selection of federal judges; the role of other participants (lawyers, defendants, interest groups) in the judicial process; and the implementation and impact of judicial policies." Adobe PDF format. From the U.S. Department of State.
The People's Law School
Created by the NYS Bar Association. This is designed to serve as a practical, informative guide for people without formal legal training. Topics covered include civil lawsuits, wills and estate planning, criminal law, traffic violations, matrimonial law, and the lawyer/client relationship. The book, Understanding the Law: A Practical Guide for New York Residents is also available online. You will need to have Windows Media Player and the Adobe Reader to access this information on the Internet.

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