Are There Cheaper Alternatives to Westlaw?

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Forget glitzy courtroom dramas—practicing law requires a lot of unglamorous time spent elbow-deep in research materials. Years ago, a well-stocked law library was a must for researching cases and arguments. Today, the trend is shifting away from conventional hard copy books to electronic formats that are efficient — but often expensive.

Westlaw is one of the top-tier options available for online legal research, but there's also a variety of other options. Though they all have features that are worth their hefty premiums, not all attorneys and law students can afford the fees. Fortunately, affordable alternatives are becoming increasingly popular. Here are some lower-cost options you can use for performing legal research online.