Law 101

Public Benefits

The phrase “public benefits” encompasses a wide variety of government programs that provide financial and other assistance to the public. Commonly used benefit programs include Social Security, disability, unemployment insurance, housing assistance (“Section 8”), and workers’ compensation. Each program is run by a different government agency, and has its own requirements, forms, and procedures.

Community Resources

Document review. Public Benefits
Legal Services of Northern California HICAP Services of No Cal (Medicare)
Legal papers Unemployment
Capital Pro Bono Employment Law Clinic
Phone off the hook Other Referrals
2-1-1 Sacramento
Construction Workers' Compensation
Dept of Workers Comp Information and Assistance Unit 


Most public benefit agencies have forms on their websites. Find their websites using these directories.

Research Guides

The Law Librarians have created these research guides as an aid for those starting a legal research project. These guides recommend print and electronic resources that will help you find answers to your law-related questions. Many guides provide step-by-step information, as well as sample forms, for common legal procedures.


The Law Librarians created these pamphlets in response to frequently asked questions on subjects not appropriate for more substantive guides.