You are here

Legal Resources

 

Legal Research Tool Available at CSULB Library 

Available only to authorized CSULB users (currently employed CSULB faculty or staff members or a currently enrolled students). 

WestlawNext

Know Your Rights

Link to ACLU with reference to Your Rights - Criminal Reform, Disability, Free Speech, HIV, Immigration, Juvenile Rights, LGBT Rights, National Security, Prisoners' Rights, Privacy & Technology, Religious Liberty, Reproductive Freedom, Voting Rights and Women Rights. Information is not legal advice. Hard copies can be obtained at CBA Legal Information Clinic.

Small Claims Advisor Numbers and Web Referrals

Los Angeles - 213.974.9759

Orange County - 714.571.5277 

Riverside - 800.244.8898

Sacramento - 916.875.7846

San Bernadino - 909.382.3650

San Diego - 858.634.1777

For all other Counties go to California Courts

Los Angeles County Agencies

Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, Information for businesses.

  • Click on Providers to access the list of EOIR Pro-Bono Legal Service Providers in California,

California EOIR Immigration Clinics

The U.S. Department of Justice has compiled a list of BIA-approved pro-bono legal service providers in California, who offer services free of charge.

Click on Providers to access the list of EOIR Pro-Bono Legal Service Providers in California,

California State Agencies and Departments

Attorney General, Information about privacy and other legal topics including opinions.

Calfiornia Contractors License Board,  800.321.2752, License and Publication Requests.

Secretary of State, Business Program, 916.653.6814,Business Entities,Notary Public and Authentications, Uniform Commercial Code, Authentications: Apostille or Certification,Special Filings,Trademarks & Service Marks, Victims of Corporate Fraud Compensation Fund.

Department of Business Oversight,  866.275.2677, Investment Advisors and Financial Planners' License Checks.

Department of Fair Employment and Housing, telephone -800.884.1684 (voice) Deaf: hard of hearing: 800.700.2320 (TTY).

Department of Consumer Affairs, 800.952.5210, Public Inquiries, Consumer Complaints, License Checks.

Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Workers' Compensation, Information relating to worker's compensation requirements.

Department of Insurance, Information relating to requirements for insurance companies, agents and brokers.

Employment Development Department, Information relating to unemployment insurance, disability insurance and employment tax

Franchise Tax Board,  Information relating to franchise tax requirements, penalties and suspensions/forfeitures.

Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), . Assistance in finding the appropriate permitting information for business, the CalGOLD database provides links and contact information to agencies that administer and issue business permits, licenses and registration requirements from all levels of government.

Secretary of State, Business Program, 916.653.6814, Business Entities,Notary Public and Authentications, Uniform Commercial Code, Authentications: Apostille or Certification,Special Filings,Trademarks & Service Marks, Victims of Corporate Fraud Compensation Fund.

State Bar of California, Information relating to registration of law corporations and limited liability partnerships. Website also provides links to licensed attorneys, and county bar associations that have lawyer referral services.

State of Equalization, Information relating to sales or use tax liability, special taxes and fees, property tax administration, and franchise and income tax appeals.

Tax Service Center,  Providesr tax assistance, including information about income tax, payroll tax, sales & use tax, and other taxes and fees for businesses.

Federal

Equal Employment Oppurtuntiy Commission, 800.669.4000
1.800.669.6820 (TTY for Deaf/Hard of Hearing callers only)
1.844.234.5122 (ASL Video Phone for Deaf/Hard of Hearing callers only)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or Explore my Opitons. This site contains current information on benefits and options including forms, many in down-loadable formats; case status information for forms filed with U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) Service Centers; and INFOPASS, the mechanism for scheduling appointments at the local USCIS office.

U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review--Virtual Law Library,  The Virtual Law Library comprises the Library of Board of Immigration Appeals decisions and other information concerning the current state of immigration law.

U.S. Internal Revunue, Internal Revenue Service. This site contains various federal tax information inlcuding how to obtain a Employer Identification Number (EIN).

U.S. Secretary of State  This site contains information with reference to visas.

Intellectual Property - Patents

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Pro Bono Program for independent inventors and small businesses | USPTO

Inventors and small businesses that meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria may be eligible for free legal assistance in preparing and filing a patent application.  The Patent Pro Bono Program is a nationwide network of independently operated regional programs that match volunteer patent.

The Pro Se Assistance Program is the United States Patent and Trademark Office's comprehensive pilot to expand outreach to inventors who file patent applications without the assistance of a registered patent attorney or agent (also known as "pro se" filing). 

The Law School Clinic Certification program allows law students enrolled in a participating law school's clinic program to practice Intellectual Property Law before the USPTO under the strict guidance of a Law School Faculty Clinic Supervisor. 

LGBT ( name change and gender marker)

The Los Angeles LGBT Center
 

TRANSGENDER LEGAL ASSISTANCE - Los Angeles LGBT Center

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is the nation’s largest community-based provider of LGBT-related legal services, supported by a team of staff and volunteer attorneys, law students, paralegals, and interns.

Bet Tzedek Legal Services