California Legal Research
California legal research is not that much different from legal research in other states. However, there are many California-specific secondary sources, including treatises and practice guides, that are heavily used by practicing lawyers in the state.
This guide explains what these resources are and how HLS students can access and use them in print and electronically.
For more information about California legal research, or to suggest that this guide include additional information, contact Reference Librarian Jennifer Allison. Feedback is very welcome.
The Harvard Law Library has several books that discuss researching California law. All of those listed below are in the reference stacks in the fourth floor reading room. There are also many excellent online research guides on this topic created by law librarians. The links to these are also provided below.
Getting Help from a Research Librarian
For help, visit the HLSL Ask a Librarian website: http://asklib.law.harvard.edu.
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.