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Public Patron Reference Guide

This guide provides information to assist "Pro Se" (self represented) patrons with material located at the NCCU Law Library.

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Law Library Information

This Research Guide is designed to give public patrons an overview of how to use the North Carolina Central University School of Law Law Library for legal research. There are tabs on the top of each page that will direct you to online and print resources.

If you have any further questions on how to use this resource guide or you need help finding materials, please feel free to ask one of the Law Librarians. We are here to help!


Click on the link below for more information about the Law Library, including library hours.

Legal Aid

Many organizations exist to help low income people by providing free or low-cost legal services to ensure equal access to justice.  If you feel that your legal issue is too much for you to handle alone, the library encourages you to reach out to these ervices.

Librarian's Role

This resource guide is not intended to provide legal advice or counsel. Your law librarians are available to help with any questions you might have locating and using resources, but they cannot give legal advice per N.C. General Statute § 84-4.

Legal Advices includes:

  • Recommending a legal course of action or suggest winning strategies,
  • Predicting when an issue might be decided,
  • Interpreting the meaning of a court order,
  • Interpreting the law or federal or local rules, or
  • Conducting legal research.

Representing yourself in a lawsuit can be both challenging and rewarding. Findlaw's article on self-representation answers many questions on what to expect in the self-litigation process.Click on the link below to access the article.