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Poverty Law

Resources for getting started on research related to laws and legal issues impacting the poor.


Poverty is a multi-faceted and inter-disciplinary topic, and as such, poverty law research touches a wide range of legal topics, including public benefits, health care, housing, education, employment, and welfare law. Therefore, the links and resources in this guide cover numerous topics related to poverty law to help you get started on your research. Please navigate these subjects on the left toolbar. Note that some topics overlap given that certain aspects of poverty law - such as education and criminalization - are related.

Links to books and journals require a USC subscription.

The categories of this guide were created by consulting the second edition of Poverty Law, Policy, and Practice (2021), which USC Law Professor Clare Pastore co-authored. 

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