The Law Library has recently acquired access to Fastcase, a low-cost alternative to Westlaw and LexisNexis. As attorneys look to cut costs, legal research systems like Fastcase are becoming more popular. Currently 18 state bar associations (including nearby Nevada and Arizona) offer Fastcase as a member benefit, meaning it’s possible our students will have access to it after graduation. Because of that, you may want to spend some time familiarizing yourself with Fastcase.

Fastcase has also become quite popular for its free iPhone and iPad apps. One attorney I spoke with uses the iPhone app to find cases in court on a regular basis. Even if you don’t have access to the full version of Fastcase, these apps are certainly something to look into if you have an iPhone or iPad.