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LexisNexis Rating:
2.5/5

Features

  • Customer Experience & Support - 8/10
    8/10
  • Pricing & Value - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Innovation & Future-Proofing - 8/10
    8/10
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Rating Breakdown

Our Rating: 3.9/5

Our rating is based on our subjective judgment. Use our resources—including our rating and community ratings and reviews—to find the best fit for your firm.

Community Rating: 1/5 (based on 1 rating)

The community rating is based on the average of the community reviews below.

Composite Rating: 2.5/5

The composite rating is a weighted average of our rating and the community ratings below.

Who LexisNexis is For

LexisNexis’s strength comes from its add-on products. With access to case law, legal publications, court docket tools, legal analysis, and other resources, Lexis is a powerful—if relatively expensive—legal research tool for firms of all sizes.

LexisNexis Features

Website
www.lexisnexis.com
Starting Cost
$75/user/month
Free Trial
Apps
  • iOS
  • Web
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A citation checker helps you identify whether a case or statute has been overruled, modified, or reversed or repealed.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
  • Microsoft Word
Open API

Things You Might Want to Know

LexisNexis CourtLink. CourtLink lets you track dockets and get alerts on new developments in cases to which you’re subscribed. You also get access to state and federal court records and can quickly search court records in CourtLink. It is, however, a stand-alone product that isn’t included in your Lexis Advance subscription.

Lexis Practice Advisor. Practice Advisor gives you analysis and guidance from practicing lawyers. And for specific questions about a particular piece of content, you can use the “Ask Our Authors” feature to ask one of the attorney authors directly. Practice Advisor is another product sold outside your Lexis Advance subscription. Once subscribed, though, Lexis does make it easy to access through your Lexis Advance interface. 

LexisNexis for Microsoft Office. Lexis features an integration with Microsoft Office so you can check whether a particular case has been cited, clarified, overturned, reaffirmed, or questioned by later authorities without switching between your Word document and your browser. LexisNexis calls this “Shepardizing.” Shepardizing with an Office integration saves time and annoyance during brief writing.

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1 LexisNexis Community Review

  1. Avatar Omar S. says:

    LexisNexis - Weak, Ineffective, expensive, exhausting

    Unfortunately, I’ve had this product for 3 years and only because I was locked into a contract. I was hopeful when I signed up but I have regretted it ever since. It feels like oppression. Counting the days until I can break free! Lexis is not interested in cancelling my contract, they are happy collecting and offering subpar products that will ruin your day.

    Don’t waste your money with this product.

    The search:

    Intermittent and does not give continuous results. The natural search engine is heavily lacking – you need to be a Boolean pro to pull up anything relevant and even then it feels like a shot in the dark. There are many times where we’ve called in to get help on the search and spent too much time with Representatives only to get nowhere. The poor reps even had trouble using it. I found myself having to go to the public law library to use Westlaw instead.

    Practice Advisor:

    The contracts provided in Practice Advisor are weak and not very relevant. LexisNexis gives limited access on a section basis. There are also a lot of contracts that are not even available. For example, I am subscribed to the business section, I would search for a Sales Agreement and would get results for partnership agreements and LLC operating from other states. Try typing in anything more complicated than that and your better off just writing the contract yourself.

    Courtlink:

    Courtlink is another battle. Very Inaccurate. It barely pulls cases when searching a litigants name. I would search for cases I knew existed and they would not populate unless I used the exact case number. Pulling complaints from federal and state dockets is hit and miss. Sometimes the load screen will run for half an hour with nothing. I would give up occasionally and go straight to pacer or state court websites to pull dockets and documents. I simply cannot rely on this product.

    Practice Guides:

    The Mathew Bender practice guide are hard to access and search and give limited guidance compared to Rutters.

    In conclusion, I find myself crossing my fingers when I login to LexisNexis hoping that maybe I’ll find what I’m looking for. Save yourself a lot of time and headache, spend a few extra dollars and go with WestLaw or any other research tool.

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