A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual
11th Edition


A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual is written and updated by members of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. The law prohibits us from providing any legal advice to prisoners. The information is not intended as legal advice or representation nor should you consider it as such. Additionally, your use of the JLM should not be construed as creating an attorney-client relationship with the JLM staff or anyone at Columbia Law School. We have attempted to provide information that is up to date and useful. However, because the law changes frequently, we cannot guarantee that this information is current or correct.

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COMING THIS FALL: 12th Edition of A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual

We are excited to announce that the newest edition of the main JLM will be available in October 2020.

If you are considering buying the JLM, we strongly encourage you to wait for the new edition. The law has changed significantly since the 11th Edition of the JLM was published in 2017. For that reason, the new, 12th Edition of the JLM will be more useful to you or your loved one than the current edition.

However, if you or your loved one need the JLM before October 2020, you are welcome to order the 11th Edition online or by mail. For more information about ordering the JLM, click here.

To view chapters of the 11th Edition of the JLM online, click here.