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Lexis or WestLaw?

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Lexis or WestLaw?
« on: March 29, 2006, 08:28:05 PM »
I use WestLaw exclusively but for no good reason, really.  It was the first one I used at the beginning of my first semester and so I have always been somewhat comforted by the familiarity of it I guess.  I hope I am not missing something(!)

Re: Lexis or WestLaw?
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2006, 12:46:33 AM »
I use WestLaw exclusively but for no good reason, really.  It was the first one I used at the beginning of my first semester and so I have always been somewhat comforted by the familiarity of it I guess.  I hope I am not missing something(!)

I use both, but I don't think you're hurting terribly if you miss LexisNexis.  If you're more comfortable with WestLaw, no harm in sticking to it.

sdlaw

Re: Lexis or WestLaw?
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2006, 08:45:10 AM »
In school I used westlaw, but my firm almost exclusively uses lexis, it is important to know both because at many firms they only pay for one service. Bigger firms like mine have contracts with both so I could use either but smaller firms dont have the capital to contract with both companies so the managing partner will choose their favorite and you are stuck with their decision.

Re: Lexis or WestLaw?
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2006, 04:00:14 PM »
In school I used westlaw, but my firm almost exclusively uses lexis, it is important to know both because at many firms they only pay for one service. Bigger firms like mine have contracts with both so I could use either but smaller firms dont have the capital to contract with both companies so the managing partner will choose their favorite and you are stuck with their decision.

Ah, I hadn't thought of that.  The firm I clerked for my 1L summer used both and I hadn't realized that some firms might use only one.

Re: Lexis or WestLaw?
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2006, 04:32:05 AM »
I think of Westlaw as the man and Lexis as the woman ... cant really do without both of 'em ..

Re: Lexis or WestLaw?
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2006, 04:35:10 AM »
I think of Westlaw as the man and Lexis as the woman ... cant really do without both of 'em ..

So what happens when Westlaw and Lexis are put in a dark room together on a Saturday night?  Griswold v. Connecticut?

Re: Lexis or WestLaw?
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2006, 04:37:52 AM »
I think of Westlaw as the man and Lexis as the woman ... cant really do without both of 'em ..

So what happens when Westlaw and Lexis are put in a dark room together on a Saturday night?  Griswold v. Connecticut[i/i]?

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Re: Lexis or WestLaw?
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2006, 04:42:05 AM »
I think of Westlaw as the man and Lexis as the woman ... cant really do without both of 'em ..

So what happens when Westlaw and Lexis are put in a dark room together on a Saturday night?  Griswold v. Connecticut[i/i]?

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Re: Lexis or WestLaw?
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2006, 09:54:31 PM »
I can't seem to Lexi my way out of a paper bag, I hate that place. So I am a self admitted Westlaw whore.

And proudly whoring myself out for more reward points ;)

Re: Lexis or WestLaw?
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2006, 10:12:13 PM »
I can't seem to Lexi my way out of a paper bag, I hate that place. So I am a self admitted Westlaw whore.

And proudly whoring myself out for more reward points ;)

Ask a law school librarian about Lexis; it actually isn't that tough once you get the swing of it.