Who Westlaw if For
Westlaw’s Classic plans are likely to be more attractive to firms of all sizes who are looking for a legal research solution. These plans are actually more limited than other, less expensive, resources out there. Firms needing sources from more than one state, or that bill on a flat fee, might not find the best fit in Westlaw.
Alternatively, larger law firms billing for associate research time, may actually find Westlaw Edge costs less for their clients. Additionally, firms that need a specific secondary source along with case law review, will likely need to include an add-on to their Westlaw subscription at an additional cost.
Westlaw Subscription Pricing
Classic is a no frills legal research database. This Westlaw pricing tier is intended to compete with some of the less established legal research platforms out there like Casetext, and Fastcase. It’s much less expensive than Westlaw’s other plans. But it can quickly add up with customizations. At its most basic, this Westlaw subscription runs $119.20/user/month, which includes State Court case law (for one state), KeyCites, Statutes, and Court Rules. Which doesn’t include what they are known for—robust secondary sources.
Westlaw is still rolling out its Precision product. Users can request a free trial, but there does not appear to be any specific pricing details on the website at the time of this review. They bill this product as a way to cut research time significantly. At this time, it does not appear to be a useful product for small to medium sized law firms.
Edge is now Westlaw’s premier product. And at somewhere around $174.40/user/month, it’s not much more than Classic. However, Westlaw recently reduced its power. Essentially, this plan adds some Edge features to the Classic plan. It includes litigation analytics, predictive searching, and KeyCite overruling risk. But users still have to increase their plan, or include substantial add-ons to get access to Federal Law, analytics, dockets, and secondary sources.
KeyCite Overruling Risk
KeyCite Overruling Risk comes with the Edge subscription and expands KeyCite by flagging a case if it relies on bad or overruled law. Users can find cases that have been explicitly overruled through Keycite, all at once.
Statutes Compare allows statutory revisions comparisons on the state and federal level to help understand the legislative intent. This insight allows incorporation of legislative intent into business advice and litigation advocacy. Statutes Compare shows exactly how a statute has evolved and is included with a Westlaw Edge subscription.
Westlaw’s software features a comprehensive secondary sources database that includes a streamlined interface to browse and bookmark publications. This is where Westlaw (and LexisNexis) set themselves apart from the rest. However, this is also where they charge the most. Currently, users need to add-on secondary sources to any of their subscriptions, often at a significant price.