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« on: August 24, 2005, 03:07:08 PM »
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Re: lexis/westlaw - who pays for it?
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2005, 03:33:07 PM »
Unless your school is a lot different than any I have heard about the student does not pay. Of course you may be paying something in the technology fee or some other fee included with tuition but it is not directly paid for. 

Both westlaw and lexis want you to become familiar with their given services in school so that when you graduate you will choose their respective service over the other if you have the choice or authority.

Re: lexis/westlaw - who pays for it?
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2005, 07:21:49 AM »
I never paid for lexis or westlaw.  My understanding is that they provide it free to the school to get you addicted to it (so that when you're at the law firm you must use it).  If someone at the school doesn't talk to you about the costs of using it in a law firm, make sure you figure it out before clerking.  I have a friend who ran up a $60,000 research bill because she didn't realize what she was doing (she did'nt get an offer).

Try to learn both.  I only used Westlaw because I thought it was better and because the firm I was working for used it.  Now I've switched firms and have to learn how to use lexis but I don't have that free password that I had in law school.

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Re: lexis/westlaw - who pays for it?
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2005, 10:36:34 AM »
I never paid for lexis or westlaw.  My understanding is that they provide it free to the school to get you addicted to it (so that when you're at the law firm you must use it).  If someone at the school doesn't talk to you about the costs of using it in a law firm, make sure you figure it out before clerking.  I have a friend who ran up a $60,000 research bill because she didn't realize what she was doing (she did'nt get an offer).

Try to learn both.  I only used Westlaw because I thought it was better and because the firm I was working for used it.  Now I've switched firms and have to learn how to use lexis but I don't have that free password that I had in law school.

This is true, just dont get too reliant on the databases.  Learn to use the Reporters (the actual books).  In private practice Lexis/West can cost $6/search.

eray01

Re: lexis/westlaw - who pays for it?
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2005, 10:07:17 PM »
At orientation, one of our profs described Lexis/Nexis and Westlaw like crack dealers. They give it to you for free, and then once they've got you hooked on it they make you pay out the a-s for it.

Are they hooking you all up with free stuff these last couple of weeks? They sure are rollin' out the red carpet for us. They've bought lunch several times this week, given us pocket dictionaries and pocket copies of the FRCP, highlighters, pens, bags, water bottles, coffee mugs. I'm shooting for one of the digital cameras in the catalog with my Westlaw Reward points. Oh yeah, I've already got that Westlaw jones baby.

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Re: lexis/westlaw - who pays for it?
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2005, 02:20:39 PM »
I'm more of a lexis rewards crack fiend.  I'll shootin for the Ipod by my 3rd yr.

eray01

Re: lexis/westlaw - who pays for it?
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2005, 11:06:11 PM »
Lexis is gonna have to get on their knees for my business. Westlaw had better free sh-t at orientation. Although the Lexis rep was definitely hotter (of course that could be because the Westlaw rep was a dude).

Re: lexis/westlaw - who pays for it?
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2005, 06:16:29 AM »
The important thing is that we don't pay for it.  Unlimited access to Lexis and Westlaw is the best thing about going to law school.  It's one of the reasons why law firms love having student interns.

I use them on a regular basis, for my research, my job, and my class study.  The "crack" analogy is great - I know I won't have this "free" (give or take $100,000) ride forever.  I'm glad you reminded me of that.  I'm making sure that I download cases and articles; and then I keep the careful outlines that I prepare for any of my projects. 

eray01

Re: lexis/westlaw - who pays for it?
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2005, 06:49:15 AM »
Our Westlaw rep said they caught some guy trying to print the entire S.W. reporter so he wouldn't have to pay for it when he got out.

Re: lexis/westlaw - who pays for it?
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2005, 06:59:16 AM »
Well, that's pushing it.  SW Reporter is available at any library, so why would anybody do that?