2020 Legal Analytics Study, What Does It Mean to Law Libraries?

LexisNexis released its third annual LexisNexis ALM Study survey. This Survey suggests 90% of survey respondents agree: legal analytics makes them a better legal practitioner. You can find the full survey here.

The study shows 70% of large law firms use legal analytics tools, with 75% of respondents citing an increase in usage at their firm over the last year. Individually, 73% of respondents at firms with access to the tools report using legal analytics either directly or indirectly. Among users, 90% say the technology makes them better lawyers, and 92% plan to increase use over the next year.

The study indicates 98% of lawyers believe legal analytics has improved their law firm’s performance. Among firms that do not utilize legal analytics, 58% of attorneys believe lack of training/understanding of how the technologies work is one of the top challenges for adoption legal analytics.

It brings a question to academic law libraries. Should we add legal analytics as a part of the law school legal research training? Legal market changes, then law schools’ legal research training changes. We want to make our law students more competitive in the job market. This is true if we compare the current legal research curriculum with the curriculum in the 1980s. When attorneys use printed materials for their daily research, we teach students how to use printed materials. When practitioners use databases regularly, we have to teach our students how to use databases to do legal research accordingly.

This technology, legal analytics, is too new to both law firms and law libraries. It is hard to say if firms, especially small firms, would prefer students with legal analytics training or not. What should we do? Librarians should wait and observe the legal industry’s reaction to legal analytics in the next few years.

Extended Database Access For 2020 Graduating Law Students

Graduating law students are entering a legal job market that is volatile and uncertain as the industry experiences the impact of this pandemic. We believe your education extends beyond your formal law school program. TTU Law Library is committed to providing resources to support our graduates as you take the next step in your legal career.

Westlaw

Recently graduated law students need to enroll Westlaw Grad Elite program to continue gaining access. To gain access you will receive a pop-up when you logged or you can go HERE and hit agree . For the first 18 months after graduation you will have access to some products for 60 hours each month to help make the connection between theory and practice. For more information, please check Westlaw Grad Elite program.

Lexis Advance

When you graduate May 2020, you will automatically have seamless Lexis Advance access till February 28, 2021. Continue to use your law school username and password while you prepare for the bar exam and employment. Plus, access exclusive resources and a Rewards program for graduates.

The ASPIRE program provides 12 months of free access to federal and state cases, codes, regulations, law reviews, Shepard’s® Citation Service and Matthew Bender® treatises to graduates who are engaged in verifiable 501(c)(3) public interest work.

For more information, please check Lexis Advance Access for Law School Graduates.

Bloomberg Law

May 2020 graduating law students will have unrestricted access to Bloomberg Law® through June 1, 2021.

LexisNexis Digital Library

The Texas Tech Law Library has 59-day complimentary access to the LexisNexis Digital Library. This resource provides 3800 LexisNexis titles, including treatise material and practice guides, plus CAP’s comprehensive casebook/textbook package and study aids.

To access LexisNexis Digital Library, enter your TTU email address as the Username. No password is required. If you receive an error message, try logging in with the first letter of your email address in uppercase. If you have trouble logging in, please contact Professor Nie at dajiang.nie@ttu.edu.

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Complimentary Access to Electronic Case Books

Several publishers are offering law students affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic complimentary access to their electronic case books.

WestAcademic

  • Complimentary electronic case books through June 1st.
  • Please call  877.888.1330 (ext.4) or email support@westacademic.com to setup an e-book.
  • Students must have a West Academic account before they call in. They can use their online study aids account or create an account.
  • Students do not need to provide proof of purchase.

Carolina Academic Press

  • Will work one-on-one with professors to distribute e-book access to students through June 1st.

Westlaw

  • Providing e-books equivalents.
  • This offer is limited to students who own a print copy of the title and who can’t get to their copy due to travel restrictions, leaving it in their dorms, etc.

Lexis

  • Will make title-by-title decisions. 
  • Call 800-833-9844 to see if your case book is eligible.

Bluebook

Greenbook and Manual on Usage & Style (MoUS)

  • Online editions are available at Rulebook, which only works for Apple devices.
  • Greenbook’s price is $15.99 and MoUS’s price is $18.99.

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