Many of our clients have asked us about free legal databases. The following legal publishers and vendors provide free access of select databases. Many have links to sign up if you are working on Pro Bono projects and/or are currently job hunting.
Let us know of any additional resources that you would like us to post. Good luck with your research and/or your job search. Let us know how we may be of assistance with your Library, Knowledge Management or Research needs.
Free legal databases, legal blogs and research resources
Free legal databases
Cal Law has free Limited Access. http://www.law.com/jsp/ca/subscribe_intermediate.jsp
You can also sign up to receive the Cal Law email news daily alerts for free.
LexisNexis – has free case law (federal and state) for the last 10 years. Select coverage. http://www.lexisone.com/freecaselaw/coverage.html
Customer Support 800.227.9597 x56616 hours are 9-6 EST. But the database access is available 24/7.
Martindale-Hubbell – (www.martindale.com) You can add a basic free profile.
Customer Support 800.526.4902 x 5096
Practicing Law Institute (PLI), www.pli.edu
“Full and partial scholarships are available for judges, judicial law clerks, law professors, law students, attorneys 65 or older, law librarians, attorneys who work for nonprofit organizations, legal services organizations or government agencies, and unemployed attorneys. Note: In 2009, they awarded 8,900 full scholarships to PLI seminars. They also have a free PLI program on the crisis in Haiti.
PLI’s scholarship link: http://www.pli.edu/public/scholarships/default.asp Send a $25.00 processing fee with your scholarship form.
Questions call: NY office. (800) 260-4PLI.
SF office: 685 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105-4200. Tel. 415-498-2821
SEC – To search for free SEC filings: http://www.sec.gov/news/press/subscribe_updates.htm
To receive free SEC email updates. http://www.sec.gov/news/press/subscribe_updates.htm
SEC jobs: http://www.sec.gov/jobs.shtml
Stanford Law School’s Securities Class Action Clearinghouse http://securities.stanford.edu
This is an excellent repository of securities class action case summaries, pleadings & orders. I used to manage this website for 3 years when I was a Research lawyer there. You can search by name, ticker, judge, jurisdiction, etc.
Westlaw – Westlaw is offering free access for job seekers and for Pro Bono legal work. This is for everyone in Legal (attorneys, paralegals, patent agents, secretaries, etc.)
Go to: www.betweencases.com.
Legal Placement Agencies
Some of our colleagues have found the following “head hunters” to be helpful. We welcome your suggestions too.
Major, Lindsey & Africa – http://www.mlaglobal.com/pages/Home.aspx
The Dubin Group – http://www.dubingroup.com
Legal Blogs and research websites
ARMA International (www.arma.org) Association of Records Managers in America
Above the Law (www.abovethelaw.com) Great for learning about hiring, firing, salaries, and learning about the firms before it hits the general and legal press.
Northern California Law Librarians www.nocall.org. 300 law librarians in Northern California contribute to this website. They also have a link for topical areas of law and for California.
Three Geeks and a Law Blog http://www.geeklawblog.com/
Legal Job Boards
American Corporate Counsel (http://www.acc.com/jobline/index.cfm)
“Job seekers – Post your résumé at no charge, and get access to almost 1,000 job postings for in-house positions around the world spanning all disciplines of the law.
Employers – Post open positions and access more than 7,500 resumes of the best and brightest legal minds.”
Avvo.com www.avvo.com (This is helpful for finding a lawyer and getting short legal questions answered. It is a good way to promote yourself).
Biospace Job Boards (http://www.biospace.com/jobs/homepage/) You can include legal as a search term. Searches all biotech jobs – U.S. wide.
California State Bar website (www.calbar.ca.gov) and
CA State Bar attorney search: http://www.calbar.ca.gov/state/calbar/calbar_generic.jsp?cid=10114
Click on the right hand corner for membership info. You can search by name, firm, location and/or by specialty area.
Career Builder www.careerbuilder.com
Craig’s List www.craigslist.com
Indeed www.indeed.com. It touts “One search, all jobs.” 1,123,757 new jobs in the last 7 days. Search job sites, newspapers, associations and company career pages.
International Trademark Association (www.inta.org)
JD Supra.com www.jdsupra.com (The website says, “Give content. Get noticed.”)
Law Crossing (www.lawcrossing.com). Their website says they are the #1 legal job board in the U.S. They have listings for attorneys, paralegals and staff. They give a free 72 hour trial, then it is $49.95/mo. Thereafter. Customer Support 626.243.1801
Law Jobs (www.lawjobs.com). This is the Cal Law/Recorder’s online job link.
Linked In (www.linkedin.com). This is excellent for building a free network of contacts and referrals. You are welcome to add me as a link/referral.
SEC (Securities & Exchange Commission) jobs http://www.sec.gov/jobs.shtml
Simply Hired www.simplyhired.com
U.C. Berkeley Career Center https://career.berkeley.edu/infolab/jobsites.stm#Law
Note: Scroll down to Law & Public Policy
USAJobs (www.usajobs.gov). This is federal jobs in DC and throughout the U.S. Search by job and by region/state.
“Tips for branding your company” http://aboutpublicrelations.net/ucmckerns3.htm
The Rainmaker Institute (www.therainmakerinstitute.com).
Note: I heard the founder Steve Fairley speak at last year’s Cal State Bar conference in San Diego. He was an excellent speaker with great ideas for building your web presence.
ProMatch is part of the CONNECT! Job Seeker Center, a “one-stop” collaborative career services center comprised of over 25 local organizations that provide services for job seekers and businesses in Silicon Valley…”
Brag, by Peggy Klaus
The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels, by Michael Watkins
*The Knock “Em Dead Resumes by Martin Yate. See: http://www.amazon.com/Knock-Dead-Resumes-Information-Techniques/dp/1598696742/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272479336&sr=1-1
What Color is Your Parachute 2010, by Richard N. Bolles
Who: A Method of Hiring, by Geoff Smart and Randy Street
Upcoming Legal conferences in California and beyond
California State Bar Conference – Sept. 25-26 in Monterey, CA.