Westlaw's research service redesigned for students. Legal sources, including the Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, United States Code Annotated (USCA), Federal and State court cases, American Law Reports (ALR), American Jurisprudence 2d, Black's Law Dictionary, Legal Guides, and more. Also includes more than 700 law reviews and journals.
Citations sent using Westlaw's email option does not provide a permalink that can be used to link directly to a case. Users are encouraged to log into Westlaw and then search for the citation(s) received via email, and when sending cases, to select the radio button for "documents" instead of "list of items" when using the email option.
Indexes thousands of domestic and foreign newspapers, as well as journals, and other publications in News, Business company reports and articles, Legal Research, Medical and Reference. The legal research category includes law reviews, law news, federal and state laws and cases. Mostly full text. Coverage dates vary. Library users should use the Chrome browser for full functionality of this database.
HeinOnline consists of major full text legal collections including: the Law Journal Library, the Federal Register Library, the Treaties and Agreements Library, U.S. Code, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, and the Selden Society Publications and the History of Early English Law. These collections are image-based and fully-searchable, with comprehensive coverage of each title, some going back to the 18th century.
Index to Legal Periodicals and Books Full Text™ is an excellent resource for attorneys, educators, business people, law librarians, students, paralegals and others involved with the law, providing complete coverage of the most important English language legal information, with international coverage of scholarly articles, symposia, jurisdictional surveys, court decisions, legislation, books, book reviews and more.
Gale Legal Forms Library provides access to official, Michigan specific, federal, business, personal, real estate and general forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues. Forms are downloadable in both Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat format. Links to federal and state tax forms, attorney directories and other legal resources for all 50 states are also organized within this database. Firefox is currently showing errors for some users. Update Firefox, or use Chrome or Internet Explorer for best results.
All Western students may seek advice on legal issues including landlord-tenant conflicts, substance possession offenses, or other civil or criminal infractions from 3:30 – 5pm each Wednesday in the Student Organization Center conference room within the Bernhard Center. Free legal aid is available during the Fall and Spring semesters, and is on an appointment basis. This clinic is designed to provide free legal advice, not free legal representation.
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The Legal Aid clinic is on an appointment basis. To help the lawyers prepare, please fill out this form so we can pass the information along.
Appointments are 30 minute slots during the clinic’s hours. You will be contacted by the Chief Justice to finalize the day and time of your appointment.
The Michigan Legal Help website was created to help people who have to handle simple civil legal problems without a lawyer. There are articles you can read to learn about a specific area of the law and toolkits to help you prepare to represent yourself in court. Some forms are completed automatically once you answer simple questions. The Michigan Legal Help website does not provide legal advice, and it is not a substitute for having a lawyer. If you need more help, you can search the website for a lawyer or community services in your area.
For more than 40 years, Legal Services Corporation funded agencies in Western Michigan have provided free legal assistance to low income persons and Seniors in non-criminal, non-fee generating matters. Legal Aid of Western Michigan currently serves people in 17 counties in the lower Western part of Michigan with offices in Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Niles and St. Joseph.