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AALL Spectrum / November/December 2019 / Volume 24, No. 2

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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019 | AALL SPECTRUM 7 INSIDE LEGAL RESEARCH TRENDING There has been an extraordinary surge of developments in the transformation of the legal profession in the last couple of years. In an effort to capture data on this surge, the American Bar Association (ABA) took a comprehensive look at some of the most relevant changes within the profession. Below are a few highlights from the ABA Profile of the Legal Profession survey that look at the amount of time lawyers spend on legal research, where lawyers start a research project, and free websites used most frequently to conduct legal op-research. ONLINE RESEARCH PREFERRED ONLINE SERVICES FOR LEGAL NEWS AND RESEARCH When it comes to getting legal news, Law360 is the most used paid online legal news source, followed by the Wall Street Journal (29% and 27%, respectively). Nearly all lawyers (90%) say they use free online resources to conduct legal research, and a large majority (72%) use fee- based online resources for research. The most popular resources: ¡ Westlaw is the most-used paid online legal research service, used by nearly two-thirds of all lawyers (64%) and preferred over other paid online services by nearly half of all lawyers (46%). ¡ When asked which free website they use most often for legal research, 19 percent said Cornell's Legal Information Institute, followed by Fastcase, FindLaw, and government websites (17% each). LEARN MORE Order AALL's State of the Profession 2019, a data-driven exploration of the current legal information landscape, to get quantitative insights on user services, technology management, operations, budgets, and partnerships within the profession, at bit.ly/AALLProfession2019. The typical lawyer spends, on average, 18 percent of his or her time conducting legal research, according to the ABA 2018 Legal Technology Survey Report—up slightly from 16 percent in 2017, but down slightly from 19 percent in 2016. When lawyers begin a research project, one-third (37%) say they start with a general search engine such as Google. Another third (31%) start with a paid online resource, and 11 percent start with a free state bar-sponsored legal research service. View the full survey at bit.ly/ND19ABAProfilesurvey. UP FRONT Time Spent on Legal Research 18% 26% 25% 25% 0% 10% 20% 0 All lawyers in law firm Less than 10 yrs. experience Associates Under age 40 Data compilation pro- duced by the ABA Media Relations and Strategic Communications Division. Statistics within the survey were gathered from author- itative sources, primarily within the ABA, but also from the federal govern- ment and nonprofit groups that work closely with the profession. *Information reprinted with permission from the American Bar Association. Paid Online Service Most Preferred for Legal News Free Websites Used Most Often for Legal Research 8% 4% 4% 3% 8% 17% 17% 17% 13% 11% 21% 19% 39% 0% 0% 30% 20% 10% 10% 40% 20% 0 0 Bloomberg News Reuters Westlaw Journal ALM Bloomberg BNA Wall Street Journal Law 360 Casemaker Google Scholar Fastcase FindLaw Government website Cornell's Legal Information Institute

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