CourtLink lets users track dockets and get alerts on new developments in cases. Users 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 the Lexis Advance subscription.
Lexis Practice Advisor
Practice Advisor gives analysis and guidance from practicing lawyers. And for specific questions about a particular piece of content, the “Ask Our Authors” feature offers a direct connection to the author. Practice Advisor is another product sold outside the Lexis Advance subscription. Once subscribed, though, Lexis does make it easy to access through the Lexis Advance interface.
Lexis for Microsoft Office
Lexis features an integration with Microsoft Office so users can check whether a particular case has been cited, clarified, overturned, reaffirmed, or questioned by later authorities without switching between a Word document and browser. LexisNexis calls this “Shepardizing.” Shepardizing with an Office integration saves time and annoyance during brief writing.
Who LexisNexis is For
Lexis’ 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. Attorneys who rely on secondary sources, or who want some of the more advanced features Lexis+ has, will likely find satisfaction.
However, firms that are only concerned with case law, and those who don’t rely on many secondary sources, may find LexisNexis to be a bit much. In that case, one of the other Online Legal Research resources may be more appropriate.