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The Law Library of Congress’s Guide to Online Law includes legal information from over a hundred different countries and all fifty states.

The Legal Information Institute has guides to 130 different areas of law.

The Armed Forces Legal Assistance site is also a great resource for basic legal information, aimed at service members, but often generally helpful, on topics including consumer law, family law and trusts and estates.

LawHelp has basic information about legal rights, court forms, self-help information, court information, links to social service agencies, and more for each state.

Criminal Law

The ACLU's pamphlet "Know Your Rights When Encountering Law Enforcement" (pdf).

Employment Law

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment Law Guide.


The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

Copyright, patent and trademark

U.S. Copyright Office circulars and fact sheets and frequently asked questions about copyright.

United States Patent and Trademark Office's general information concerning patents and basic facts about trademarks.

Family Law

Charts summarizing basic laws in each state by topic, including custody, alimony and grounds for divorce. has state and federal law overviews about child custody, restraining orders, parental kidnapping, divorce, crimes, gun laws, immigration, and tribal law.

Small Business Law

The U.S. Small Business Administration's Small Business Planner.

Consumer Law

Consumers' Guide to Legal Help.