Fastcase is an excellent option whether or not you already have access through your bar association. Its comprehensive database and growing list of secondary sources is highly competitive with Westlaw and LexisNexis, but at a much lower price.
Starting Cost: $58/user/month
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Already free. Many local bar associations have subscription plans that allow their members to use Fastcase for free. Check the website or with your bar association to see if you can take advantage!
AI Sandbox. Do you have data or documents to analyze and explore and a need to share those insights? The AI Sandbox lets you use artificial intelligence in a secure environment to conduct that sort of work, then compare it with public legal data or Fastcase’s data. You can then have IBM’s Watson Analytics and Watson Developer Cloud analyze your findings to get more profound insights into your contracts, briefs, or other documents.
Secondary sources. The Fastcase library includes primary law (case law and statutes), legal blogs, law review articles, briefs, pleadings, expert witness databases, analytics, and secondary treatises. It includes 129 treatises from Aspen and CCH and over 100 titles from James Publishing, as well as 79 labor and employment treatises from Littler. Though Fastcase’s new imprint, Full Court Press, it has about 30 titles in production. Fastcase also provides access to law review articles through its partnership with HeinOnline.