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Casemaker

Casemaker is a lower-cost legal research tool with a giant database of state and federal case law and statutes, and a top-notch citator tool.

Casemaker Rating:
4/5

Features

  • Customer Experience & Support - 7/10
    7/10
  • Pricing & Value - 9/10
    9/10
  • Innovation & Future-Proofing - 8/10
    8/10
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Our Rating: 4/5

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Who Casemaker is For

For litigators who don’t want to pay the astronomical prices that Westlaw and LexisNexis command, Casemaker is a robust, low-cost alternative. It has a massive database of state and federal case law and statutes and an excellent citator service. As a bonus, you may already have free access to Casemaker’s basic service through your bar association. It’s worth checking to see if it could replace any high-cost legal research tools you’re using now.

Casemaker Features

Website
public.casemakerlegal.net
Starting Cost
$50/user/month
Free Trial
Apps
  • Android
  • Web
  • iOS
Sources
US State Cases
All 50 States
US State Statutes
All 50 States
US Cases
US Statutes
Dockets
Secondary Sources
News Coverage
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
AI legal assistants can help you identify relevant cases and statutes, and may even help you draft your brief.
Natural Language Search
Can you search by entering a question in normal language rather than keywords or Boolean connectors and phrases?
Boolean Search
With Boolean operators like AND, OR, and more, you can precisely target your search query.
Case Summaries
Citation Checking
A citation checker helps you identify whether a case or statute has been overruled, modified, or reversed or repealed.
Filter Search
Can you restrict your search to certain parts or features of cases and statutes, like the date, judge, or jurisdiction?
Research History
Research history makes it easier to find the results of previous searches or see if the law has changed with new results.
Research Folders
Organize your research history into folders.
PDF/Word Downloads
Download cases and statutes as a formatted PDF or Word document.
Suggestions
When you run a search, get suggestions for additional searches to run or material you should look at.
Alerts
Flag key cases so that you get an email notification if it is cited in a new case, statute, or secondary source.
Software Integrations
  • None
Open API

Things You Might Want to Know

Probably free for you. Members of 28 state and local bar associations use the basic version of this service for free as a membership perk.  It’s (definitely) worth checking with your bar association to see if you’re able to use this service for free. The premium offering (CasemakerPro) comes at an additional cost, however.

Citator Service. Its citator, CaseCheck, gives Shepard’s and KeyCite a run for their money. CaseCheck has top-notch legal editors overseeing its process and working to continually improve it, making CaseCheck a competitive and lower-cost alternative to the Westlaw and LexisNexis citators. CaseCheck is only available with a Casemaker Pro subscription.

Secondary sources. While litigators will find this service is useful for case law and statutory research at the state and federal levels, its secondary source catalog is vanishingly thin. The few secondary sources it does offer require a separate subscription (“Casemaker Libra”). If you regularly rely on articles and reports from bar journals and law reviews, this service almost certainly is not for you.

Tribal Court Opinions. Casemaker is one of the few online legal research companies that boasts a collection of tribal court decisions from around the United States. Tribal court opinions can be challenging to find online, so having this resource is a huge help for those of you who practice tribal law.

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