Law has been defined as "All the official rules and codes that govern citizens’ actions, including the Constitution, statutory laws enacted by the Legislature, case laws established by court decisions, and administrative law as set forth by executive branch agencies." (http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/legislativepub/glossary.asp, 9/3/08)
This Guide covers all three types of law: Case law on its own tab, and Statutory and Administrative law on the Bills, Laws, Rules tab.
OSU does not have a law library, and your research may require you to have access to more in-depth and specialized legal resources (including access to a law librarian). Here are some nearby options.
- Benton County Law Library 559 NW Monroe (corner of 6th and Monroe), Corvallis. (Most Oregon counties have a county law library open to the public) 541-766-6673
- John E. Jaqua Law Library, University of Oregon, Eugene
- J.W. Long Law Library, Willamette University, Salem
- State of Oregon Law Library 1163 State Street, Supreme Court Building, Salem. 503-986-5640
Public Library of Law (http://www.plol.org/). Developed by Fastcase Inc., this is the world's largest database of free law resources online. Covering both federal and state law, it contains Case Law, Statutes, Regulations, Court Rules, Constitutions, and legal forms.
Legal Aid Resources
While library staff are prohibited from giving legal advice, there are several services where people can go for help. Here are some of those services:
- Legal Aid Services of Oregon – legal aid for low-income Oregonians
- OregonLawHelp.org – legal information for low-income Oregonians
- Oregon Judicial Department – links to appellate court opinions, family law programs, self help information, and more
- State of Oregon Law Library 503-986-5640 – access to law for all Oregonians. Links to ORS, court rules, Oregon bills & laws, etc.
- Oregon State Bar 503-684-3763 Public information page, including a lawyer referral service
Indexes, Finding Tools
Much of the information contained in these references is included in the LexisNexis Academic database; however, if you need an official citation from a reporter, or further information, The Valley Library has the following books in our collection.
Major Reference Works
UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICE OF LAW DISCLAIMER: It is against Oregon state law for library staff to engage in any conduct that might constitute the unauthorized practice of law (ORS 9.160, 9.166 and 9.21). They may not interpret statutes, cases, or regulations, or advise patrons regarding their legal rights. They may, however, assist patrons in locating materials or links that would aid in individual research.
The Oregon Bar Association has a lawyer referral service. They can help you locate an attorney who specializes in your legal issue. Their phone number is (503) 684-3763.