The idea of legal action tends to make most people nervous and the costs associated with retaining an attorney can be daunting. In an effort to keep litigation costs low, many people in the U.S. choose to represent themselves. This can be a difficult task for people who have had little exposure to the inner-workings of the law. Successful pro ses know where to turn to for help and these places often include law libraries or local legal clinics. This guide is meant to be a useful resource for pro se litigants as they wend their way through what can be a confusing legal landscape.
The legal resources identified in this guide are not exhaustive. Access to some of these resources, such as print items or specialized databases, may require a visit to our library.
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Welcome to the pro se litigant legal resource guide maintained by the James E. Faust Law Library at the University of Utah. Here you will find links to online legal research resources, information about local legal clinics, and descriptions of resources only available in the library. Additional online legal research resources may be found on our other links guides:
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Pro se litigants or parties are representing themselves legally, without the assistance of an attorney. In Latin the term "Pro se" mean "in one's own behaf."
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This guide was created by Felicity Murphy (May 4, 2017)