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Representing Yourself: A Legal Resource Guide for Pro Se Litigants: Home

A resource guide to help pro se patrons at the James E. Faust Law Library find and use legal resources to further their personal legal matters.

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.  


How to Use this Guide

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.

If you have questions about this guide or any of our resources, feel free to send us a chat!

Resource Key

 - University of Utah students, faculty and staff only. Off-campus access may be available for students, faculty and staff. Resource available to public patrons at University of Utah libraries.
 - S.J. Quinney College of law students, faculty & staff only. 
 - Resource requires password (please ask a reference librarian to log you in).
Links without one of these keys are free and available to everyone.

Off-Campus Access

Some resources are only available on-site within one of the University libraries.  These resources are designated with an appropriate icon. Students, faculty, and staff of the University of Utah can access these resources in our library or by using the off-campus access link. 

If you are not a student, staff or faculty member of the University of Utah, you must use one of our computers within our library or the Marriott Library. See the resource key located on each page for additional information

Welcome to Our Pro Se Litigant Resource Guide

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:

Federal Legal Resources

Utah Legal Resources

Secondary Legal Resources

Please let us know if you have question or a suggestion for improving this guide!

What does it mean to be a pro se litigant?

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."

How to Read a Legal Citation

Trying to figure out legal citations can be daunting at first; there are many numbers and abbreviations you have to know. The Caselaw Research section of our library's FAQ page includes brief instructions on how to read a citation.

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Do you have a question about our library, our resources, or how to find something? If so, call the number above, send us an e-mail, or chat with us!

A reference librarian is generally available between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Special consultation appointments can be arranged upon request.


Librarians and other staff members at the James E. Faust Law Library do not provide patrons with legal advice. The information supplied in this guide is not intended to be legal advice and is not a substitute for the guidance of a qualified attorney. Patrons should be aware that the law changes regularly and that they should be researching the current law as it applies to their specific issues.

This guide was created by Felicity Murphy (May 4, 2017)

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