Updates Available: Patching Traditional Legal Research and Writing Instruction with New Tools and Platforms
In recent years, we have seen the emergence and growth of several new legal research platforms, including Ravel, Casetext, Lex Machina, PacerPro, Google Scholar, Fastcase, and Casemaker. Using tools such as big data analytics, data visualization, and crowdsourcing, these platforms offer features and insights not available through the major, most-established platforms--Westlaw, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law. Despite their potential use, however, it can be intimidating and challenging to incorporate these new tools into traditional legal research and writing instruction. This session will focus on integrating training on these new systems into our instruction. Available research on the topic, including how these platforms are currently being incorporated into legal research and writing courses, as well as to what extent they are being utilized in law firms, will be discussed. Moreover, practical guidance and suggestions on incorporating these tools into our courses will be provided.