Prepare to Practice Lee PeoplesOklahoma City University Law Library
Westlaw “PRO” Prices (2010)• Westlaw Oklahoma Essentials (Oklahoma primary law, KeyCite) 1 attorney $1,392 (year)• Westlaw Oklahoma Essentials Plus (adds USCA + 10th Circuit Case Law) 1 attorney $1,992 (year)• Add Secondary Sources: typically between $1,000-$1,500 per source for 1 attorney• By Credit Card; $14-$250 per document retrieved and $6.25 per Key Cite
Lexis Prices (2010)• Basic State Primary Law (Oklahoma Statutes, Cases, and Shepard’s) 1 attorney $1,116; up to 10 $3,672• State Enhanced (adds 10th Circuit, state statutes in the 10th circuit, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S.C.S., expanded Shepard’s, OK law reviews) 1 attorney $2,520; up to 10 $6,432• All databases with all jurisdiction Shepard’s - 1 attorney $5,220; up to 10 $20,220• Pay as you go - Lexis no longer offers.
WestlawNext Pricing• WL requires you to sign confidentially agreement.• You can negotiate flat rate WestlawNext pricing.• Small firms and solos can get flat rate access from about $1,400 - $18,000 per year.
Transactional vs. Per Min.• ALLCASES • ALLCASES $24 (1 search) $206• OK-CS (1 search) $24 • OK-CS $9• TP-ALL (1 search) $281 • TP-ALL $27• Wright and Miller • Wright and Miller $15 (1 search) $110• Oklahoma Practice Series (1 search) $85
Initial Considerations - Proximity to existing libraries and to colleagues who may be willing to share
Recovering Online Research Costshttp://www.abanet.org/genpractice/resources/costrecovery/index.html
Recovering Research Costs• Need to have an agreement with client – In writing – Explains how research costs will be charged – Model Rule 1.5 & ABA Formal Ethics Op. 93- 379
Recovering Research Costs• A lawyer may seek reimbursement for the cost of services performed in-house, such as copying, or for other expenses incurred in-house, such as telephone charges, either by charging a reasonable amount to which the client has agreed in advance or by charging an amount that reasonably reflects the cost incurred by the lawyer. Model Rule 1.5
Westlaw QuickView• See what databases are in your plan, and the cost of going outside the plan• Detailed reports to track usage• Can generate invoices• http://west.thomson.com/support/westlaw/ account-management/quickview/
Fastcase – FREE ($275 OBA DUES)• All US SP Ct Cases• Federal Appellate Court Cases in F.2d• Federal District Court Cases From 1915• State Cases From 1950 – present• Statutes From All States• Federal Regulations• Court Rules From All States• Free iPhone App• If Bar Doesn’t Provide Access prices range from $1,000 to $695 per year