Internet Legal Research on a Budget Gets New Edition
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New ABA book shows lawyers alternatives to expensive legal research databases

Just published by the American Bar Association, "Internet Legal Research on a Budget: Free and Low-Cost Resources for Lawyers, Second Edition" by Judy Davis and Carole Levitt directs lawyers to useful and reliable databases and explains how to use them effectively. This edition has updated information about resources discussed in the first edition, new resources and expanded chapters on Casemaker and Fastcase.

With cost-conscious clients scrutinizing legal bills, lawyers cannot afford to depend on expensive legal research databases, especially when reliable free resources are available. This updated edition of "Internet Legal Research on a Budget" will help you quickly find the best free or low-cost resources online and use them for your research needs. The authors share the top websites, apps, blogs, and other Internet resources that will save you time, money, and frustration during the legal research process.

This book will help you locate and use:

  • Legal portals and directories (government, academic, and commercial);
  • Case law databases (government and commercial);
  • Federal Statutory research;
  • Federal, legislative, and congressional materials;
  • Starting points for state, local, territorial, and tribal law;
  • Foreign, international, and comparative law resources;
  • And more!

Davis, JD, MLIS, is a senior law librarian and adjunct assistant professor of law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She has practiced law in California and currently teaches legal research to USC law students, works in the law library’s Reference department, and gives lectures and training sessions on legal research and related topics.

Levitt, JD, MLS, is the founder and President of Internet for Lawyers ( and Vice-President of She practiced law in California and was a law librarian in Chicago and Los Angeles. She is a nationally recognized CLE seminar speaker and bestselling Law Practice Division author. She is an expert on Internet investigative and legal research.

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