Legal Research: Rated M for Mature
The Law Librarians of Puget Sound have put together a list of nine essential apps for legal practitioners. I like this list because it sticks to the essentials: four productivity apps and five legal research apps.
Most of these would be useful for Canadian legal research, apart from Fastcase and LawStack. I haven’t been able to find all-in-one Canadian alternatives to those products—seems like this area is ripe for innovation. Is this something CanLII might be able to take the lead on?
Make sure you know how much time you can spend on something, and how much Westlaw or Lexis money you can burn…you’re going to be the one who gets yelled at when the client balks at the $30,000 research bill you ran up on a fairly minor point of law. If you’re not sure how much time something should take, ask. If you don’t know how much time you can spend on Westlaw or Lexis, ask. Even, “Hey, do you have a ballpark idea of how long this should take?” can save you from a very unpleasant situation down the road. (Oh, and make sure you know how to research cost-effectively. When in doubt, ask.)