Case Analysis. The Case Analysis Research Assistant, or CARA, is Casetext’s AI-backed legal research tool that helps discover relevant cases and briefs based on documents (complaints, briefs, and memos) uploaded 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 removes doubt about missing something after spending 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. Lawyers won’t find much proprietary resources, treatises, or journal articles. However, their website has great information on free and affordable secondary source tools.
Who CaseText is For
Casetext is a good option for firms of all sizes who need to perform online legal research using primary sources. Specifically, those who are price-conscious, but need something more than Google Scholar will likely find the most benefit. CaseText pricing is a single-tier, per-user model that is easy to understand. Further, by using CARA, solo and small firms may be able to leverage limited resources to derive even more benefit than larger firms.
On the other hand, attorneys who often rely on proprietary secondary sources, will likely want to supplement Casetext with another research tool, which may increase the overall price.