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ALTERNATIVE LEGAL RESEARCH DATABASES

During the summer break, Lexis and Westlaw are generally not available to law students.* As a result, this guide provides a summary of various low cost legal research databases that may be useful to students completing summer clerkships as well as recent law school graduates. A summary of each program is listed below with contact information.

Casemaker (Casemaker 2.2)

  • Casemaker is available to the public by subscription and to members of various state bar associations. Texas attorneys may access this research database by logging in to "My Bar Page" on the State Bar of Texas website.
  • Casemaker contains current federal and state statutes and regulations, as well as federal public laws from the 112th Congress. Coverage of state session laws varies by jurisdiction. Texas state session laws are available from the 2011 session. The Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio municipal codes are also available.
  • Federal case coverage: All U.S. Supreme Court opinions, published federal circuit and district court opinions, opinions published in the Federal Rules Decisions reporter, and opinions from various specialty courts, including the bankruptcy courts and U.S. Tax Court (as well as Internal Revenue Rulings).
  • Coverage of state court opinions varies by jurisdiction.
  • Texas case coverage: All published cases from the Texas Courts of Appeal, the Texas Supreme Court, and the Court of Criminal Appeals (1886-present).
  • State and federal court rules are additionally available.
  • CaseMaker offers a citator program called CaseCheck+ that can be used to "shepardize" cases. This program is available for an additional fee to state bar members.
  • The database includes limited access to state bar journals and law review articles.
  • Casemaker is available free of charge to members of the State Bar of Texas. CaseCheck+, Casemaker Digest (a daily compilation of recently issued court decisions), and CiteCheck+ (a service that checks the validity of citations within a brief) are available for a monthly fee. Please see the Casemaker website for pricing information.
  • CasemakerX is a version of this database that is available for free to law students and law school faculty. This version includes CaseCheck+ and Casemaker Digest. Students may access this database during the summer and for up to three months after they graduate.

Fastcase

  • Fastcase is available to the public by subscription and to members of various bar associations and organizations across the country.
  • Fastcase contains current federal and state statutes. The federal regulations are available through a link to the U.S. Government Printing office. Access to state regulations varies by jurisdiction. The Texas Administrative Code is available on the database.
  • Federal case coverage: All U.S. Supreme Court cases, published federal circuit (F.2d - forward) and district court opinions, and opinions from various specialty courts,including the bankruptcy courts and U.S. Court of Claims.
  • State case coverage varies by jurisdiction.
  • Texas case coverage: All published cases from the Texas Courts of Appeal, the Texas Supreme Court, and the Court of Criminal Appeals (1886-present).
  • State and federal court rules are additionally available.
  • Fastcase uses a citator program called Authority Check to "shepardize" cases.
  • Fastcase offers various pricing plans as well as a free 24 hour trial subscription.

Loislaw

  • The law library currently subscribes to Loislaw. This database is also available to the public by subscription.
  • Loislaw contains current federal and state statutes and regulations. Federal public laws are available starting with the 105th Congress. Coverage of state session laws varies by jurisdiction. Texas session laws are available starting with the 1999 legislative session.
  • Federal case coverage: All U.S. Supreme Court opinions, published federal circuit court opinions (F.2d - forward), all published district court decisions, and unpublished federal circuit court opinions (2007 - present). The database additionally includes opinions from specialty courts such as the bankruptcy courts and the U.S. Tax Court.
  • State case coverage varies by jurisdiction.
  • Texas case coverage: Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals (1890s - present), Texas Court of Appeals and Court of Civil Appeals (1891 - present), and unpublished opinions for the Court of Criminal Appeals and Texas Courts of Appeals (2003 - present).
  • State and federal court rules are additionally available.
  • LoisLaw offers GlobalCite as a citator program that "shepardizes" cases, statutes, and regulations.
  • The database offers a collection of secondary sources, including form books, treatises, and handbooks published by CCH/Aspen, as well as selected state bar publications.
  • Various subscription plans are available to attorneys and recent law school graduates on the Loislaw website.

*Please contact Baylor's Lexis and Westlaw representatives for further information concerning summer access to these programs. Contact information for our representatives can be found on the opening pages of each respective database.

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