It is usually quite difficult to determine what "the law" is for any given legal issue. Often, you need to compare many different cases to the specific facts in your case to figure out what the law that applies to your case really is. Researching the law can be complicated and time consuming, but it is very important if you are going to represent yourself. There are many resources at your county law library, your public library and on the Internet to help you with research. Also, many law schools have online research guides that have links and suggestions for doing your legal research.
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This guide is designed for non-law users interested in conducting legal research. Many of the resources listed in this guide are free to use. Those that are not free may be used by coming into the law school and using our computers. Disclaimer : The materials in this guide do not constitute legal advice. This guide is simply designed to direct non-law researchers to resources they may find helpful when conducting their research. Law Library faculty and staff are unable to provide legal advice, but we are happy to answer research-related questions.
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Federal courts hear cases involving matters related to the United States Constitution, other federal laws and regulations, and certain matters that involve parties from different states or countries and large sums of money in dispute. Each state has its own judicial system that includes trial and appellate courts. State courts generally hear cases involving state constitutional matters, state law and regulations, although state courts may also generally hear cases involving federal laws.
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