Alternative Research Databases

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.