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- Last Updated Sep 18, 2013
A guide to give students resources to prepare for the California State Bar Examination. Included in this guide are materials on admission, essays, MBE (multi-state exam), and MPRE (multi-state professional responsibilities exam), etc.
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- Last Updated Sep 9, 2013
A guide to resources on California family law in the Heafey Law Library.
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- Last Updated Aug 28, 2013
Use this as a guide to researching California law using any of these three tools: Legal encyclopedias/treatises, Annotated codes, or Case Digests.
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- Last Updated Sep 28, 2011
This guide provides resources for doing research on determining legislative intent of bills passed by the California legislature.
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- Last Updated Mar 1, 2011
A guide to researching California regulations at the Heafey Law Library.
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- Last Updated Sep 18, 2013
This guide is designed for students doing research in legal ethics or are preparing for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).
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- Last Updated Dec 20, 2010
A guide to locating California legislative documents.
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- Last Updated Aug 15, 2013
This guide introduces the four Witkin Treatises for researching California law.
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Each of the above approaches can lead you to relevant California case law. The approach you choose will depend on the amount of information that you have at the beginning of your research. For example, do you just have a citation for a statute or a West Topic and Key Number? Or are you just starting with a legal topic without any citations? This guide will tell you which approach to choose based on the information that you have at the start of your research project.
While you're reviewing this guide, you will probably find it helpful to have ready access to the books and databases that we discuss.
Finding Journal Articles
In addition to searching the full-text databases for law review articles on WestLaw and Lexis, you may also want to do a search within a bibliographic database. This will not include the full-text, but are much more comprehensive than the full-text databases. You may search for journal articles here that you would miss otherwise.
Locating the Law
The law librarians at the Southern California Association of Law Libraries have created a wonderful, and concise, guide to legal research that includes California, Federal, and International legal materials. All of these documents are in PDF format. You will need Adobe Reader to view them.
These are selected chapters from this e-book. If you would like to view the entire book you can access it via the SCALL website.