While it is not a requirement to have a lawyer present or seek legal advice, hiring an attorney is always the best choice. Someone who chooses to represent himself or herself in court is considered a pro se litigant. To view a list of attorneys from which you can contact a lawyer, click here.
The Lafayette Parish Law Library is a public law library available to the public for legal research and the acquirement of pro se forms provided by the 15th JDC. The Law Library does not, in any way, replace the services that can be provided by hiring an attorney. In fact, should you have the means to hire an attorney, we strongly suggest you do so. A list of attorneys available for hire can be found here on our website: https://www.lafayettebar.org/find_a_lawyer
The public can print forms pertaining to divorce, custody, and a few other simple civil matters within the library. These forms are provided to the library by the 15th JDC, in accordance with Louisiana Supreme Court rulings. These forms can be printed from an easy-to-use kiosk within the library. The library also contains law books that may be useful when researching or preparing for a legal matter. These law books cannot be checked out, however, copies of particular pages can be purchased. In order to obtain the forms available for print on the kiosk, you must come in person to the Law Library. You may send someone in your place to obtain the forms. For a list of forms available and pricing, click here.
Law Library Hours & Location
The Law Library is located at 2607 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA, in the Lafayette Bar Association office.
Monday - Thursday | 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday | 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
*Closed on all days the Lafayette Parish Courthouse is closed.
Please note that there are no attorneys in our office or the Law Library to give you legal advice or help you fill out the forms. Our staff cannot offer any guidance. However, we encourage you to seek out an attorney. Visit our Online Member Directory to find an attorney to represent you.