I’ve blogged before about alternatives to Lexis and Westlaw for legal research. Two alternatives, Casemaker and Fastcase, are provided as member benefits through many state and local bar associations. The Utah Bar Association currently provides access to Casemaker. Other nearby state bar associations, Arizona’s for example, provide Fastcase. Robert Ambrogi’s recent article Casemaker v. Fastcase does a good job comparing the two services. He concludes that “Fastcase holds the edge in ease of use and intuitiveness of its features.”

It’s a good idea to find out which service your future state bar provides and become familiar with it. It can be a great cost-saving tool.