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California Legal Research

California Legal Research

California state flagThis guide discusses the California legal system researching California law, and explains how HLS students can access and use California legal materials in print and electronically.

California legal research is not too different from legal research in other states. However, there are some California-specific secondary sources, including treatises and practice guides, that are frequently used by practicing lawyers.

Additional Resources

The Harvard Law Library has several books that discuss researching California law; those listed below are in the reference stacks in the fourth floor reading room. Links to librarian-created research guides for California law are also listed below.

Getting Help from a Research Librarian

For help, visit the HLSL Ask a Librarian website:  

This site includes links to all of our research guides, contact information for the research librarians (phone, text, email, chat), and a schedule of our training classes.