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ALEXANDRIA LAW LIBRARY

The Alexandria Law Library provides legal resources for the benefit of the entire Alexandria community, including its citizens, government agencies, local businesses, the judiciary, and members of the bar.

Hours & Location
We're closed Monday July 04 due to Independence Day
Mon, Jun 27 9:00AM to 2:00PM
Tue, Jun 28 9:00AM to 2:00PM
Wed, Jun 29 9:00AM to 2:00PM
Thu, Jun 30 9:00AM to 2:00PM
Fri, Jul 01 9:00AM to 2:00PM
Sat, Jul 02 Closed
Sun, Jul 03 Closed

Address
520 King Street
Alexandria
Suite LL34
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel: 703.746.4077
About the branch

Parking:  There is no parking lot.  On-street parking  is available at meters and in free spaces with posted time limits.  Meter parking is limited to two hours.

Public Transit:

  • Metrorail: Yellow and Blue lines at Braddock Road (1.1 miles) and King Street Stations (0.8 mile). 
  • DASH Bus: 30, 31, Old Town Circulator
  • King Street Trolley: King & St Asaph

 


Upcoming Events
Wed, Jul 13, 10:00am - 10:45am
Virtual
We will review the fundamental features that are available on both Westlaw Classic and Westlaw Edge platforms. Learn how to pull up a case/statute by citation or name. Register

Wed, Jul 13, 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Virtual
Learn Statutes Compare, Overruling Risk, Litigation Analytics, Quick Check & more. You will want to attend this session and learn how they can make you research more efficiently and confidently. Register

Wed, Jul 13, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Virtual
Learn about the different parts of Medicare.Register

Thu, Jul 14, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Virtual
Secondary sources are vital legal tools that provide essential guidance and analysis in every area of the law. Refresh your knowledge on best practices when using secondary sources. Register

Thu, Jul 14, 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Virtual
Learn how to locate public records on individuals. We will pull a PeopleMap report. We will also cover Company Investigator to determine relationships among corporate entities.Register

Fri, Jul 15, 9:30am - 9:55am
Virtual
Westlaw Edge’s Quick Check™ securely analyzes your briefs or motions to suggest highly relevant authority. We will look at how to also analyze your opponent’s work as well. Register

Tue, Jul 19, 9:30am - 10:00am
Virtual
Learn more about Folders, Highlighting, Annotating & Alerts--helpful Westlaw tools you may be overlooking.Register

Tue, Jul 19, 11:00am - 11:20am
Virtual
Deal Proof is a Drafting Assistant tool. Learn how it can save you hours with document review. Find and address potential errors, omissions & inconsistencies that may occur in the drafting process. Register

Wed, Jul 20, 10:00am - 10:45am
Virtual
This bootcamp will cover Terms & Connector AKA Boolean Logic searching. At times plain language searching doesn’t produce expected results. The most experienced T & C user will learn something. Register

Wed, Jul 20, 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Virtual
Learn how to save hours drafting legal documents while seamlessly accessing all the relevant information you need from Westlaw, case files, and more. Register

Thu, Jul 21, 10:00am - 10:30am
Virtual
KeyCite can instantly verify whether a case, statute, regulation, or administrative decision is still good law as well as find citing references to support your legal argument.Register

Thu, Jul 21, 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Virtual
In this course we will learn to navigate the Practical Law platform, and the uses for the different resource types. Also look at how the “New” Dynamic addition provides more insight on Practical Law. Register

Tue, Jul 26, 9:30am - 10:15am
Virtual
Learn Statutes Compare, Overruling Risk, Litigation Analytics, Quick Check & more. You will want to attend this session and learn how they can make you research more efficiently and confidently. Register

Tue, Jul 26, 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Virtual
We will review the fundamental features that are available on both Westlaw Classic and Westlaw Edge platforms. Learn how to pull up a case/statute by citation or name. Register

Wed, Jul 27, 10:00am - 10:20am
Virtual
WestCheck is an automated citation checking tool that verifies the status of citations in your legal document. WestCheck is part of Drafting Assistant.Register

Wed, Jul 27, 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Virtual
Got 20 minutes? Learn some tips to make you more efficient on Westlaw. Register

Thu, Jul 28, 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Virtual
From on-demand programs to live webcasts and unequaled customer support, West Legal Ed Center has everything attorneys & paralegals need to meet CLE training goals. Learn how to receive ONE FREE CLE.Register

Tue, Aug 02, 10:00am - 11:00am
Virtual
Learn about the different parts of Medicare. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.Register

Thu, Aug 04, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Virtual
Learn how to conduct legislative history research on Westlaw for a specific act as well as how to research a specific statute. Also, how to pull up historical versions of statutes.Register

Tue, Sep 06, 10:00am - 11:00am
Virtual
Learn about the different parts of Medicare. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.Register

Thu, Sep 08, 10:00am - 11:00am
Virtual
This program will how to: • pull up documents by citation and name • search for documents by legal issue • research a case • check if a case is still good law • save your research for later Register

 

COURTHOUSE SECURITY
NO CELL PHONES

Everyone entering the Courthouse building is required to pass through a metal detector.

Cell phones, cameras and other electronic devices are not allowed in the building, unless you are a Virginia licensed, practicing attorney with a valid bar card and photo ID. 

Small lockers are available to store your cell phone for a $0.25 fee.

 

 

REFERENCE SERVICES

Staff is available to assist users in locating, accessing, and using resources in the collection.

Staff may neither provide legal opinions/advice, assist with filling out legal forms, nor interpret the law/legal materials.

Question regarding interpretation of law or legal materials should be directed to a licensed attorney.

  • Free access to LexisNexis and Westlaw legal databases.
  • Free wireless internet and use of internet computers
  • Microsoft Office Suite at designated workstations
  • Printing and photocopying for 25 cents per page (cash and credit accepted)
  • Access to various electronic legal forms
  • Television with DVD/VCR player rental for trials at the Alexandria City Courthouse ($100 per day)
    • Completed rental agreement and receipt of payment necessary in advance of usage
       


 

PRINT COLLECTION


The Law Library contains a Virginia-specific collection of primary and secondary legal materials, including legal form books; select topic-specific, Maryland, and D.C. secondary resources; federal case law and statutory materials.  Materials in the library are for reference only and do not circulate.

The Law Library recently acquired the Handbook of Virginia Local Government Law. It is available electronically at the Law Library now and in hardback format in 2020.

 


 

INFORMATION PACKETS


The library provides select information packets, which include *samples. The information packets can be purchased and printed at the Alexandria Law Library (with a standard library charge of $0.25 per page) or can be printed from this web site by following the links below.

*Samples provided serve only as guides to draft documents from scratch.

 

 

FIND LOCAL LEGAL REPRESENTATION

 

Alexandria Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service

For customers looking for local legal representation, the Law Library provides access to, and assistance with, applying to the Alexandria Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service. For a fee of $55, paid to the Bar Association, clients receive a referral for a 30-minute appointment with an Alexandria Bar Association attorney who practices in the client’s particular area of need. Appointments are usually scheduled within 1-3 days of the first contact from the client and take place at the attorney's office.

Lawyer Referral Service Office
520 King Street, Suite 202, Alexandria VA 22314
703-548-1106
https://alexandria.barlrs.com/

Legal Services of Northern Virginia

Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) is a non-profit law firm which provides free legal assistance in civil cases to individuals who qualify. The mission of LSNV is to serve individuals who, without legal assistance, will lose a critical human need - food, shelter, income, medical care, or personal safety.

Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Alexandria Office
121 North Washington Street, Suite 300A, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-778-6800 or toll-free for clients 866-534-5243
http://www.lsnv.org/

 

 

FREE/LOW-COST RESOURCES

 

Free and Low Cost Legal Research Guide
This guide from Georgetown Law identifies resources for free or low cost legal research.

Free and Low Cost Legal Resources Pamphlet
A guide for helping low- and modest-income Virginians obtain legal services.

Free Legal Answers
The Virginia State Bar’s Free Legal Answers program provides Virginians of modest means with answers to many legal questions and is staffed by licensed Virginia lawyers.

Miliary & Veteran Legal Resource Guide
Published by the Virginia Office of the Attorney General. This booklet is a new resource for Virginia Service members, their families, and veterans. It explains the legal protections, rights, and resources that are available to them under the law.

Restoration of Civil Rights
An online form to help those seeking to restore their rights to vote, serve on a jury, run for office, or become a notary public.

VA Law Help 2 Go
A is a mobile friendly platform that provides legal information in video format. The videos provide information about common topics in the area of family, consumer, and housing law. A link at the end of each video directs the viewer to the Virginia statewide website for more information and to connect them with the appropriate legal aid provider in their area.

Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Offers a range of information for veterans and their families, including information about legal issues.

Virginia Judicial System Court Self-Help
Resources for self-represented litigants in Virginia.

Virginia State Bar Attorney Records Search
This search provides information about attorneys licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

West Legal EdCenter
West LegalEdcenter provides attorneys, paralegals, and new associates training and CLE programming.

 

 

COVID-19 RESOURCES

 

CARES Act Mortgage Forbearance
Mortgage relief options and protections from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

COVID-19 And Domestic Violence
Resources & educational events from National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

COVID-19 Civil Legal Response in VA
Housing resources, health insurance, family law & immigration resources from the Virginia Poverty Law Center.

COVID-19 Landlord & Tenant Rights
Landlord-Tenant, Foreclosure and other civil legal information resources, information and rights in Virginia during the current Coronavirus pandemic from the Virginia Legal Aid.

 


 

FAMILY & PERSONAL SAFETY RESOURCES

 

Domestic Violence: Resources in the United States
This blog post from the Library of Congress focuses on resources available for individuals seeking assistance regarding domestic violence or intimate partner violence.

Elder Law
Long-term care, Medicaid and SSI, guardianship, age discrimination, financial exploitation, abuse and neglect information and resources from Virginia Legal Aid.

Family Law Resources
Resources about divorce, juvenile & domestic relations, and visitation from Legal Services of Northern Virginia.

Family Law Resources
Resources about adoption, divorce, domestic/sexual violence, child support, custody, etc. from Virginia Legal Aid.

Protestors' Rights - ACLU
Make sure you’re prepared by brushing up on your rights before heading out into the streets.

Resources by State on Violence Against Women
State directory of resources from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.