Order a Copy of the JLM


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.

If you are printing chapters of the JLM for use by someone other than yourself, please include the title page and legal disclaimer, which can be accessed in PDF form by clicking on the blue, “Title Page & Legal Disclaimer” link below.

NEW: To order the JLM online, please click here.

For incarcerated people and their family members: please note that your order will automatically be mailed to our office, and then we will repackage it and mail it to you at the address of the facility where you or your loved one is located. Please follow the online ordering instructions carefully, and make sure to include the correct and complete address for you or your family member, and any special mail requirements. We mail all packages using USPS. If you need shipment using a different mail carrier, please let us know in the comments box when you fill out your order.

To order the JLM by mail, please click here to download our mail order form.

For incarcerated people and their family members

The JLM 11th Edition main volume is $30.  The Immigration & Consular Access Supplement is $15. First class shipping is included in the price. Prices and availability may be subject to change.  See the pricing chart on the Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual order form.

For institutions and people who are not incarcerated:  

The JLM 11th Edition main volume is $140. The Immigration & Consular Access Supplement is $50. If you are ordering for an incarcerated person, follow the instructions for incarcerated people and their family members. Prices and availability may be subject to change.

Please expect delivery delays due to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 (or coronavirus), please expect additional delays in delivery of the JLM. We are working as hard as we can—with a limited team—to respond to orders of the JLM as soon as possible.

Thank you for understanding, and please know that we are thinking of all of you and your loved ones during this particularly difficult time.