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Barbara Bavis, Bibliographic and Research Instruction Librarian, Law Library of Congress
Robert Brammer, Senior Legal Information Specialist, Law Library of Congress
Christina Marquez, Law Library of Congress Content Management Intern
Note: This guide is adapted from a series of "Beginner's Guide" blog posts published on the Law Library's blog, In Custodia Legis, in 2014.
Created: October 10, 2018
Last Updated: January 15, 2020
We receive a wide array of questions here at the Law Library of Congress—from detailed foreign legal research, to tracing U.S. federal legislation, and everything in between—but one area of legal research on which we consistently receive requests for assistance is the U.S. legal process. Specifically, researchers (including pro se litigants External, or those who choose to act as their own legal counsel) have many questions regarding court procedure, and the laws, rules, and conventions that dictate how litigants should proceed during a court case.