Friday, February 12, 2010

Dr. Thompson Reuters or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love WestlawNext

After over six months of not considering the law whatsoever during my deferral period, I had forgotten what it was like digging through irrelevant case after irrelevant case on Westlaw or, (*cough*) Lexis. (Like I ever use Lexis.) Now that I'm finally working again and reconnecting with my inner-researcher, it pains me that, in a post-Google world, legal research is still so tedious, especially considering how much money is pumped into Westlaw and Lexis.

Anyway, according to this, it looks like you young guns (which is funny to say, since a large portion of you are probably older than me) are going to get the first crack at this new WestlawNext (which is a stupid name for a product, especially if it's supposed to replace the existing product permanently). As soon as you get access, I want reviews. From this review, it sounds like Westlaw isn't screwing around this time. But, I'll want to hear from someone who's actually tried WLN out to see if it's all it's cracked up to be.

The way I see it, this will either permanently change legal research for the better, or it will be a hilarious, extremely expensive, utter failure. Either way, it's going to be great to watch unfold.


Blogger Sean said...

Article says law students will probably not get anything until Fall 2010. However, I am in Advanced Legal Research, and as such would probably be in any trial group that Levy would bestow trials upon. Here is hoping!

2/12/2010 11:17 PM  

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