Sunday, August 17, 2014

Upstart legal research companies challenge Wexis

This article from the American Lawyer discusses how two (relatively) new legal research companies are challenging the dominance of Westlaw and Lexis. One of the companies mentioned - Fastcase which was launched back in 2003 - has gained a strong foothold among practitioners through  its program that provides members of several state and local bar asssociations free access.  The other company mentioned, Ravel Law, was founded by a pair of Stanford Law School grads and is based on a visual approach to legal research (you can read a more detailed profile of the company here via the online ABA Journal Magazine).  According to the AmLaw article, Ravel Law has already garnered about one third of the AmLaw 100 law firms among its users.  Perhaps it's time to start introducing 1Ls to Ravel in addition to Fastcase, Bloomberg Law, LoisLaw, etc.  You can read the full article about Fastcase and Ravel here via AmLaw.


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