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An Insight to the Best Legal Research Tools in the Market

Last updated: 30 Apr, 2021 By | 6 Minutes Read

In this techno-savvy world, there are a number of legal research tools accessible to every single person in this world through the use of the internet. In today’s scenario, there are hardly any people who make use of books, newspaper or journals, etc., for searching something of their need.

In a large number, people use electronic gadgets such as smartphones, tablets or laptops for doing any research. Use of the Internet is rising at a very high speed in this era of Information Explosion. The Internet is used for doing all kinds of research whether it relates to legal topics or other.

Today, every person in their profession utilizes the Internet for enhancing their business and other professions. Legal research services are the pertinent requirement of people in the field of Law like advocates, attorneys, students, judicial members of the lawmaking process, judges and even for general public sometimes.

There are various online legal research sites, such as LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters, Lexisweb, Justia.com, Findlaw.com, Casetext.com, Westlaw.com, Plol.org, Court listener. Some websites are free for all the users while others are subscription based.

These free and paid sites are discussed in detail as follows:

LexisNexis: This is a big corporation which provides different services such as legal research services, business-related research and risk management services public and business information, market intelligence etc. They provide different services on a paid bases. One has to get a subscription of their different plans to get their services.

Thomson Reuters: They have various online sites to provide different legal solutions. They provide subscription-based services and provide different packages for business owners. Their different services include Practical law which delivers hand on legal know-how. Westlaw UK provides legal research and authoritative commentary. Lawtel includes online precedents and covers legislation, cases, and judgments, articles, and media coverage.

Lexis Web: This site is also very useful for legal research. They provide Subscription-based legal research services. This is a legal search engine that includes legal journals, legal terms, and different citation cases.

Westlaw: In the United States, the Westlaw site is one of the famous primary research sites for online legal research useful for lawyers and other legal professionals. In it, we can research case laws, newspapers, magazines, public records, law journals, legal forms, and other related resources. 

Justia, Findlaw, and Casetext: These three sites are very famous among Advocates, businessmen, Law students, and consumers because these sites provide specific free information about case laws, codes, regulations. They provide free services without any subscription fee.

Pros and Cons of Legal Research Tools :

PROS –

  • A huge amount of information can be gathered through the internet. The bulk of resources available on the internet.
  • Some services on the internet are free to access and some are paid based on the subscription fee, but that fee is also a minimal amount. So we can say online legal research method is cost effective.
  • In this competitive world, as we know the competition is very high, everyone is in the race of defeating others by providing their best legal research services. On the internet, we have access to the services of other firms with the help of which improvements can be made.
  • Through the medium of social media, instant real-time knowledge can be taken on any topic.

CONS –

  • The information available on the internet is superfluous or excessive than required. Sometimes it becomes a very time-consuming process to gather some specific information.
  • Vague, ill-defined, irreconcilable information on the internet sometimes leads to devastating results to the user.

In Summation

For conducting legal research on the internet, one needs experience and command on internet usage. Obtaining pertinent, authentic, definitive and amended legal information for conducting qualified legal research understanding of the latest and fast-changing processes of the web and other internet search engines is essential.


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