When many consider where they should perform their legal research, they often think of the major players in legal research. These major players are Westlaw and LexisNexis.
When considering the cost, many are not able or willing to pay for Westlaw and LexisNexis. The reality is that while these are great sources for legal research, the cost can be prohibitive for many out there. Even lawyers and law firms might be skeptical about using these legal research vehicles because they do not want to pass the cost on to their clients.
The reality is that legal research can often be done for free in this day and age on FindLaw and Justia. Most statutes and court rules can be found online on FindLaw and Justia for free.
There are also two great paid options that many do not consider, which are offered at a substantially lower price. These options are Fastcase and Casemaker.
Both Fastcase and Casemaker can do what Westlaw and LexisNexis can do at a substantially lower cost. Cases in every jurisdiction, including federal and state courts, can be found.
You can also find court rules on Fastcase and Casemaker. These court rules include the rules of civil procedure, including various other rules that are out there.
The cost of Casemaker can vary based on the options you can seek. But, presently, the cost is less than $1,000 for a subscription. The cost for Fastcase is similar. For a premium subscription, the cost is also less than $1,000 presently.
For those who are looking for the ability to conduct legal research online, Fastcase and Casemaker are great options to consider.