Useful Web Sites for Paralegals

By Scott A. Hatch, Lisa Zimmer Hatch

Part of Paralegal Career For Dummies Cheat Sheet

As you embark on a career as a paralegal, certain Web sites can be invaluable in helping you do your job. The following list contains links to some of the most helpful Web sites:

  • The Center for Legal Studies: Here’s where you’ll find everything you need to know about furthering your paralegal education.

  • The U.S. Government’s Official Web Portal: You’ll find links to everything governmental on this official Web site, including forms, laws, federal agencies, the three branches of the federal government, state governments, data and statistics, and libraries.

  • Cornell University Law School’s Legal Information Institute: Research Web sites maintained by law schools often come and go, but Cornell’s comprehensive site has been around forever and just gets more useful over time. Use it to find federal and state constitutions, codes (which are lists of regulations and statutes), and court opinions. Plus, you can get citation tips and ways to contact attorneys, judges, law firms, and law organizations.

  • State government Web sites: Every state has its own Web site, with access to state laws, legal forms, and other resources. Put your state’s name and “law” into a Web browser.

  • FindLaw for Legal Professionals: This site provides sample legal forms, articles, cases and statutes, job leads, and a bunch of other stuff helpful to the legal professional.

  • The ’Lectric Law Library: This irreverent site provides you with free legal forms and links to articles relevant to paralegals and other legal professionals.

  • The Legal Assistant Today: The official Web site of the magazine especially designed for paralegals has links to past articles with information helpful for paralegals.