Practice Management — 01 August 2017
The Best Legal Databases To Have On File

When it comes to running a legal practice, it is vitally important that you maintain subscriptions to the best databases available. Doing so will allow you to gain access to case law and other forms of research which will be valuable and necessary for your firm. With this in mind, read these tips below in order to take advantage of all that these databases have to offer.

#1: Google Scholar

This is an excellent resource that has gained traction in recent years and become a standard bearer in the legal field. You are able to use this data in order to find case law and decision in the United States ranging all the way back to the 1700s. It allows you to quickly and conveniently find these opinions and use them for research purposes whenever necessary.

#2: Lexis Nexis

For years, LEXIS-NEXIS has been the go-to resource for legal research. It is been used in universities for years and continues this tradition due to its ease of use and wide availability of case law. You will be able to research all types of cases using the database and can find them easily based on any search parameters you are looking for.  Between being an industry stalwart and having years of experience behind it, your firm will be well-respected and more knowledgeable with Lexis Nexis on file.

#3: Ravel

Finally, this is an excellent database to use whether you are looking into federal case law or state case law. It is one of the most extensive databases around and can provide you quick and convenient access whenever you need concrete information. Those who have a Duke university email address may be able to also gain access to the database for free.

Because so much information is stored on these databases and because they are so valuable in the legal field, consider these tips and begin subscribing today.  It is important to note, however, that legal databases vary from state to state.  An attorney in California should focus on some California-specific databases, and so on.

For information on how to best use these databases once you have access to them, please watch the video below.

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