Replacing the law books

For some time now, the fancy bound law books most of us learned how to use in law school have been essentially decorations as most research moved online – first (and of course, still, for many) to services like Westlaw and Lexus, then to cheaper (and often free through bar association) services like FastCase or LoisLaw.

A recent article by Thomas Bruce discusses the next evolution – Google scholar – which, with other free resources that give access to statutes and case law, is making it more and more possible for lawyers (especially solo and small firms) to have the same research abilities as their larger brethren.

For anyone concerned about access to justice, this can only be a good thing.

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