Online legal resources: Casemaker Consortium and Thecorporatecounsel.net

Casemaker is an online legal research program provided free to lawyer-members of Consortium states. Each member bar shares its library with all the other members’ bars. “The goal of Casemaker is to take care of 90% of lawyers’ research needs 90% of the time.” For more information, see the Georgia Bar Association website.

The Corporate Counsel Net appears to cost about $1,000 to $3,000 a year but provides a huge amount of information in securities and corporate finance law.

Over time, more and more practice information will be available for free or at low cost on the Web, and search engine tools will improve – perhaps even being optimized for legal research with built in thesauruses of legal terms. Information as a commodity will profoundly shape the practice of law within and without the corporate walls.

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