Whether you are an undergraduate student looking to get into law school or you are a practicing attorney looking for new cases, spotting legal issues can be a great way to prepare for a career in the legal field. These issues may be related to family matters, legal issues in the workplace, or unexpected events. You can learn how to spot these issues by viewing cases on core subjects and then analyzing them.
A legal issue is an issue that needs to be decided by a court. It can be as simple as a question about undisputed evidence or as complex as a plan of action. The outcome of the legal issue depends on the interpretation of the law by the court. The outcome of the legal issue can range from a reversal of a decision to a repeal of a statute. It may require the help of a lawyer, but may also be something that you can resolve on your own.
Some common legal issues include housing issues, immigration, consumer rights, and debt. A legal issue can arise from problems at work, unexpected events, or a planned event. Legal issues can also be a result of being accused of a crime. You can find these types of legal issues in court opinions and briefs. Often, these opinions and briefs are summary of the facts, including the complaint and arguments presented in court, as well as actions taken by the lower courts. If you are in a civil case, and one party loses, the losing party may ask for a higher court to review the case. In a criminal case, the outcome may include prison time, community service, or fines.
A legal issue can also be a result of an unexpected illness. If you find yourself in a situation where you need a lawyer, you may need to look for a lawyer’s website or contact a local law library. If you are not sure where to look, you can visit the Civil Law Self-Help Center on the first floor of the Regional Justice Center in Sacramento. Alternatively, you can use online services such as Shepard’s Online, KeyCite, and West’s Shepard’s Citations. Using these services can be a great way to save time and money.
You can also check out the United States Code (2006 edition) and find federal statutes online. The US Code is codified by subject matter, and is available online in many law libraries. Depending on your location, you may be able to find state statutes online through Westlaw or the state legislature. You can also find state statutes in print.
The Constitution of the United States can also be found online. You can find cases involving the Constitution in a variety of places, including the online versions of FindLaw and the Constitution of the United States: Analysis and Interpretations. You may also be able to find a summary of the Constitution in the Government Reference Collection.
There are also some law libraries that subscribe to online services, such as Shepard’s Online, and some county law libraries provide online services. These services may be free or charge a nominal print charge.