The material below are intended to help non-attorneys and members of the general public understand courts and the law.
You may also benefit from many of the resources on our Pro Bono Resources page. The Allegheny County Law Library also sometimes offers events intended for non-attorneys, which are marked in blue on the ACLL’s Events Calendar.
Brochures and Resources that explain various topics, provided by the Allegheny County Bar Association
Legal Definitions provided by the Allegheny County Bar Association
- Getting Started Researching Pennsylvania Law: Secondary Sources
- Pennsylvania Criminal Law
- Pennsylvania Divorce Bibliography
- Pennsylvania Employment Law
- Pennsylvania Family Law Bibliography
- Pennsylvania Landlord-Tenant Law
- Pennsylvania Legal Forms
- Pennsylvania Legislative History
- Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Law Bibliography
- Pennsylvania Unemployment Insurance and COVID-19
- Protection From Abuse (PFA) Orders
Free Legal Information Resources
The Caselaw Access Project includes all official, book-published state and federal United States case law — every volume or case designated as an official report of decisions by a court within the United States.
Our scope includes all state courts, federal courts, and territorial courts for American Samoa, Dakota Territory, Guam, Native American Courts, Navajo Nation, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.
eCode 360 is a free database of municipal codes and ordinances from most of the states in the US, including Pennsylvania.
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