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Our librarians have compiled this list of legal resources for your convenience. These resources have been evaluated by our librarians as valid and reliable sources of information.  Any external sites (not directly provided by Bossier Parish Libraries) are not associated with or sponsored by Bossier Parish Libraries.

Legal Help & Assistance

Legal Services of Northwest Louisiana

Legal Services of North Louisiana is a non-profit law firm providing free civil services to low income and elderly residents.

Louisiana Civil Justice Center

A non-profit that provides civil legal assistance for low-income, elderly, and disaster-affected residents of Louisiana through a toll-free hotline, court-based help desks, and community legal clinics.  Their mission is to improve access to justice for vulnerable people across Louisiana by providing legal services and connecting those in need with resources.  1-800-310-7029 Free Hotline for advice on civil legal issues. Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm.

Louisiana Free Legal Answers

Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal advice clinic. Qualifying users post their civil legal question to their state's website. Users will then be emailed when their question receives a response. Attorney volunteers, who must be authorized to provide pro bono assistance in their state, log in to the website, select questions to answer, and provide legal information and advice. Volunteer attorneys will not answer criminal law questions.

Louisiana Law Help

An online resource for people living on low-incomes and the legal organizations that serve them. LawHelp.org provides referrals to local legal aid and public interest law offices, basic information about legal rights, self-help information, court information, links to social service agencies, and more.  Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Corporation administers Louisiana's LawHelp Project, which is made possible by funding from Legal Services Corporation and the Louisiana Bar Foundation.

LSBA Legal Education Assistance Program

The Louisiana State Bar Association’s Legal Education & Assistance Program (LEAP) provides legal resources and information to the public, and connects people with attorneys in their area through “Lawyers in Libraries” events. 

Research Tools & Guides

How to Research a Legal Problem:  a Guide for Non-Lawyers

This guide, provided by the American Association of Law Libraries, is intended to help a person with a legal problem find legal rules that can resolve or prevent conflict. It is most useful to work through the steps and sources in the order given.

Legal Information Reference Center

Provides online full text from EBSCO for many of the top consumer legal reference books and contains more than 310 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms.

Louisiana Supreme Court

Louisiana Supreme Court is the state's highest court located in the City of New Orleans.

West Law

Westlaw is one of the primary online legal research services for lawyers and legal professionals in the United States and is a part of West. In addition, it provides proprietary database services.  Bossier Parish Libraries provides access to West Law at the following branches:  Central, Benton, and East 80.

Legal Forms

Gale Legal Forms

The most extensive legal forms site available to library patrons has thousands of legal forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues for areas such as business, personal, litigation, and federal.

Legal Forms Guides:
Law Library of Louisiana
LSU Law Library
Loyola Law Library

Law Libraries

Law Library of Congress

The Law Library of Congress contains the world's largest collection of law books and legal resources.

LA (Los Angeles) Law Library

As the second largest public law library in the United States, LA Law Library meets the needs of the public, self-represented litigants and the legal community in a dynamic, ever-evolving global environment where information is shared, updated and accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

Constitutions & Statutes

Federal Constitution

The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America.  It was created in 1787, ratified on June 21, 1788, and became effective on March 4, 1789.

Louisiana State Constitution

Louisiana's constitution was adopted (adopted in Convention) during the Constitutional Convention in 1974, ratified by the voters of the state on April 20, 1974, and became effective on January 1, 1975.

Louisiana Statutes

A statute is a formal written enactment of a legislative authority that governs a state, city or country. Typically, statutes command or prohibit something, or declare policy.  Find Federal Statutes here.