Friday, November 26, 2010

Westlaw competes with Lexis for the hearts and wallets of small practitioners

We'd previously blogged about a Lexis program rolled out earlier this fall that's aimed at providing solo and small practitioners with an extremely attractive pricing option:  Unlimited research (all state and federal cases and statutes) for $175.00 per month (a second lawyer in the same office gets it for $140.00 per month).  Our sister publication, the Law Librarian Blog, is reporting that Westlaw has just launched a similar program designed to compete for the same small law firm business. 

TR Legal [i.e. Westlaw] has kicked the competition in this once neglected market niche up a notch by offering flat rate plans for solos and small firms, meaning more that two attorneys as in three (more?). But while Lexis Advance is built on a new platform, TR Legal is pitching Classic Westlaw, not that shiny new, not yet ready for prime time WestlawNext. At least TR Legal is smart enough to know that WLN kinda sucks for some common state-focused research. Follow the links to Tom Boone's and Paul Lomio's critiques from here.

For an excellent side-by-side comparison of the Lexis and Westlaw small firm research packages, complete with helpful graphics that illustrate possible cost differences between jurisdictions despite the "flat rate" marketing, click here.


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