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Poverty Law Research Guide

This guide covers researching poverty law.


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Journals listed in this guide include those that often publish articles on poverty and poverty law topics. A search for journal articles should begin with a search of journal indices, which allow you to locate publications and articles by topic:

Also see the law library's research guide on Using Articles for Legal and Non-Legal Research for detailed information on research using legal and non-legal periodicals. Some specific journals on poverty include:


The following organizations focus their missions on legal issues concerning the financially underprivileged. Contact information can be found on the organizations' websites, linked below.

Unlike those listed above, the following organizations do not deal specifically with legal issues facing the poor, but rather with poverty more generally.

Books & Treatises

  • Justice for All?: The Rich and Poor in Supreme Court History 1790-1990, Russell Galloway, KF8742 .G26 1991. Discusses the U.S. Supreme Court's treatment of the rich and poor in cases involving business regulation, welfare benefits, indigent criminal defendants, racial discrimination, and economic issues.
  • The Rights of the Poor: The Authoritative ACLU Guide to Poor People's Rights, Helen Hershkoff & Stephen LoffredoKF3720.Z9 H47 1997. Uses question-and-answer format to explain how federal and state law can be used to procure and improve basic services such as income support, food assistance, health services, housing, and education.
  • Cases and Materials on Poverty Law: Theory and Practice, Julie A. Nice & Louise G. TrubekKF390.5.P6 N52 1997. The first poverty law case book written since 1976, and therefore a good general source of information on the study of poverty law. The 1999 supplement was published to address welfare reform legislation passed in 1996.

To find additional books, journals, and electronic resources at the Georgetown Law Library, use the following terms (Library of Congress subject headings) associated with poverty law to conduct Subject searches in the catalogTutorial