Casetext is a robust online legal research tool that uses artificial intelligence (CARA) to assist with brief review and inform search results to help lawyers enhance their research process. It has single-tier pricing for all of its resources, which includes Statutes, Regulations, and Case Law in the Federal Courts and all fifty States. Its citator, SmartCite, also leverages its CARA tool to help find the most relevant cases for your specific fact-pattern.
Starting Cost: $65/user/month
For Online Legal Research, the following are essential features, and you should therefore expect to see a check in every box in this section.
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Artificial Intelligence. The Case Analysis Research Assistant, or CARA, is Casetext’s AI-backed legal research tool that helps you discover relevant cases and briefs based on documents (complaints, briefs, and memos) that you upload to CARA. After uploading, CARA will analyze the brief and make all subsequent research more intelligent, instantly returning relevant cases that are on the same facts, legal issues, jurisdiction, and motion at issue. It will also surface relevant statutes, articles, and briefs filed by other attorneys on the same topic. This means that you don’t have to doubt if you missed anything after you already spent countless hours on research.
Citator Service. Casetext’s citator service, SmartCite, is also informed by its AI assistant, CARA. Like most other citators, it will indicate bad law, good law, and cases that may be problematic. However, SmartCite will also indicate when cases rely on opinions that have been subsequently overruled.
Secondary Sources. Casetext, unfortunately, does not have much in the way of Secondary Sources. Unlike LexisNexis or WestLaw, it is mainly a Case Law, Statute, and Rules resource. You won’t find much proprietary resources, treatises, or journal articles.