This is the first #SaturdaySchool post @FunkandBeans has done since Standing Up to Bullying, and it is fitting that it is such an important topic. Understanding the intricacies of American jurisprudence and legal processes often takes years of studying and thousands of dollars in training. The cost of a trained lawyer is out of reach for many people, and being without legal representation or basic knowledge of the law is a dangerous spot to be in. Doing some research on your own can mean the difference between a legal success or calamity.
There are a number of resources available online from some of the nation’s top law schools and legal libraries. As with any topic, being sure that the information you are receiving is reputable and current is extremely important. The Cornell University Law Library has an excellent resource to learn the basics of legal research. Some of the materials are focused on New York state law, but it is incredibly useful as a beginning point for any legal research project. Another great resource is the Free Legal Research Resources guide from the Harvard Law School Library. It provides links and even an opportunity to chat with a specialized Law Librarian. There are plenty of free resources available to get you started on whichever topic you may need or want to research.
This week’s #SaturdaySchool, led by @ProfRagsdale, offers several important resources for legal help and research that are open to the public. This is by no means an extensive list. If you know of a resource that is not listed here, please let us know by leaving us a comment below, tweeting us @FunkAndBeans, or posting it to our Facebook page.
This is the first of a series of #SaturdaySchool posts @FunkAndBeans will do over the coming weeks. Please let us know if there is a topic you would like to see covered. And, remember, you’re never late to #SaturdaySchool. Bring your ideas, your resources, and your desire for social change to the teach-in that never really stops.