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Circuit Riders: Basic Legal Research

A guide for non-law librarians

How to Evaluate Legal Resources on the Web

Evaluating Legal Websites: The People's Law Library of Maryland

Ten signs of excellence in a legal website to help researchers determine its reliability.

Evaluating Online Sources: American Association of Law Libraries

Three main factors to consider in evaluating online sources of legal information from the American Association of Law Libraries.

Evaluating Websites and Blogs

From the University of Akron Law Library. A guide to help students determine the accuracy, authority, objectivity, currency, and coverage information they find on websites and other online sources.
NOTE: Not all of the links in the site may be accessible to members of the public.

Court Forms

South Carolina Forms

The South Carolina Supreme Court has made some forms available for use in the state's courts. These are found on the site in the Quick Links box.

South Carolina Forms Index: SC Courts

The USC Law Library has indexed the court's forms, and found others available via the web and makes them available on its own Guide.

Federal Forms


Legal Services/Find a Lawyer

Legal Services

If you need legal help, these resources will point you in the right direction. You can scroll through the resources below, or use our interactive Legal Resource Finder, which will help identify legal aid organizations you might be eligible for and self-help resources available to you.

Free civil legal services for low income residents of South Carolina. Eligibility for assistance depends on income and type of legal problem.

Directory for legal help in South Carolina by service area and by legal issue.

Visit this Integrated Child Support Services website to learn how DSS can help you establish paternity and establish and enforce court ordered child support.

SC lawyers offer their services for free (pro bono) to clients who cannot afford to pay for assistance with legal issues such as family, housing, bankruptcy or probate civil legal matters.

SC volunteer lawyers answer legal questions through televised phone banks and Web chats.

ABA sponsored program that allows qualified clients to post legal questions to their private messaging system where volunteer lawyers answer legal questions for free.

The Veteran and Armed Forces Legal Out-Reach (V.A.L.O.R.) program is a collaboration between the SC Attorney General's Office, SC Bar and SC Military Department to coordinate existing legal resources and to help fill-in the gaps for military personnel and veterans who need legal assistance. It offers free legal clinics and connects veterans and members of the military with with free or discounted legal help.

Resources include Consumer FAQs on topics such as Housing and Dealing with Debt, Wage Garnishment in SC, and a link to file a complaint.

Links to the laws the SC Dept. of Consumer Affairs enforces.

P&A accepts clients for individual representation based on its annual priorities and case selection criteria.

Legal Assistance for Seniors page. Includes Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney forms.

One hour free legal consultation if you own heirs property in 18 SC counties.

Legal Services in Criminal Matters

This SCCID website includes a Find a Defender link to locate a public defender in your area and an Frequently Asked Questions page to see if you qualify for services.

The SC Victim Assistance Network seeks to "provide support services for victims of crime and to prevent future crimes through advocacy, education, public awareness and technical assistance."

Find a Lawyer (Fees are charged)

The S.C. Bar's Lawyer Referral Service refers individuals to qualified, prescreened lawyers in over 100 areas of law, including personal injury, real estate and landlord-tenant, family law (including divorce, custody, alimony and child support), employment law, (including discrimination, wrongful termination and unpaid wages), criminal defense, and most other areas of law.

Search or browse for lawyers by legal issue or location.

Find lawyers, law firms, and organizations by location and by practice area.