Where can I go for legal help and legal research?
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday
Access to the library is open to members of the general public who have a need to do legal research.
The Law Library…
- has a collection of over 100,000 volumes, including a significant collection of legal periodicals, statutes, codes and case law for most state and federal jurisdictions.
- is a Reference Collection, so books in the collection do not circulate.
- has two terminals dedicated to the unified court system's "CourtHelp" website, which provides free access to frequently used forms and answers to frequently asked questions about New York law and legal procedure.
- is equipped with up-to-date CALR/Lexis/Westlaw databases and the internet.
New York State Court System also provides an Ask a Law Librarian service, which is a remote legal reference service open to the general public.
NYC Bar Legal Referral Service (LRS) is for New Yorkers looking to hire a lawyer regardless of income. There is no charge for your conversation with the attorney referral counselor, or for the referral to a lawyer. If you are referred to a lawyer and schedule an appointment, you are entitled to an initial consultation of up to one-half hour with the lawyer. That consultation will be free. The lawyer will not charge additional fees for the initial one-half hour consultation.
Many clients find the consultation is all they need to remedy their problem. If further consultation or representation with the lawyer is needed, it is your choice whether to retain the lawyer or not. The fees to be paid for the lawyer’s services are agreed upon by you and the lawyer.
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