Lexis+ vs. Thomson Reuters Westlaw

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Lexis+
Score 7.3 out of 10
N/A
Lexis+ is a legal research tool used to resolve legal research issues through its case law collection, editorial analysis, and data visualization, which are all accessed via one simplified AI search experience.
$80
per month
Thomson Reuters Westlaw
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
Westlaw, now supported by Thomson Reuters is a legal research software and database, emphasizing access to a breadth of case law.
$115
per month
Pricing
Lexis+Thomson Reuters Westlaw
Editions & Modules
Lexis State Primary
$80
per month
Lexis+ State Primary
$125
per month
Lexis State Enchanced with Full Federal
$130
per month
Lexis+ State Enchanced with Full Federal
$135
per month
Westlaw Edge Single State Essentials
$115.00
per month
Westlaw Edge Single State Primary Law
$183.20
per month
Westlaw Edge Single State Primary Law
$237.00
per month
Westlaw Edge All States Primary Law
$249.60
per month
Westlaw Edge All States and Federal Primary Law
$315.20
per month
Westlaw Edge Single State Primary Law and Analytical
$404.00
per month
Westlaw Edge Premium
$582.00
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Lexis+Thomson Reuters Westlaw
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Lexis+Thomson Reuters Westlaw
Considered Both Products
Lexis+
Chose Lexis+
Lexis Advance has a better interface, is easier to use, and is more visually appealing.
Chose Lexis+
I switched from Westlaw because the new Lexis Advance platform seemed more intuitive and I found more cases on point than searching in Westlaw.
Chose Lexis+
Much less costly than Westlaw, often half the cost or even less. The secondary sources are much more difficult to trudge through on Lexis than on Westlaw. The Shepherdizing system is world class on Lexis. It's fine on Westlaw, too. Ultimately we selected Lexis for the time that …
Chose Lexis+
Lexis Advance and Westlaw do the same thing and are very comparable. We actually use both. If Lexis Advanced doesn't have content we are looking for, it can usually be found in Westlaw. They compliment each other well. If I had to pick one over the other I would choose Lexis …
Thomson Reuters Westlaw
Chose Thomson Reuters Westlaw
Like I said earlier, I previously used Lexis as the legal research tool. I did like Lexis because it was very easy to navigate, and you were able to utilize their Shepherds tool for case citations. However, I felt that their bank or library of cases, legal standards or …
Chose Thomson Reuters Westlaw
Westlaw mobile is much easier to use than Lexis Advance. Further, Westlaw saves or remembers ones preferences for legal research. Lexis on the other hand does seem to have more "guide" content and maybe even more access to state related topics, though it may be possible that …
Top Pros
Top Cons
User Ratings
Lexis+Thomson Reuters Westlaw
Likelihood to Recommend
8.4
(6 ratings)
2.6
(10 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
4.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.8
(5 ratings)
1.1
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Lexis+Thomson Reuters Westlaw
Likelihood to Recommend
LexisNexis
Lexis Advance is highly customizable and intuitive, perfect for solo or small practitioners who lack the patience for extended training and too much searching. The contracts are also customizable and can be graduated for new practices so you don't go broke in year one paying for research. I do wish there was more contact with a dedicated account rep, and perhaps not with sales. In a larger firm, you can stack more features and content as needed. I probably would go back in time and renegotiate my contract, which stepped up quite a lot in year two and will step up again in year 3 to what I think will be an uncomfortable level. Also, Lexis has maybe one too many brands and could stand a redesign of the main home page.
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Thomson Reuters
Perhaps well-suited in enterprise agreements where many users need access to many areas, and a giant contract is cost effective. This was a good company to work with as a student and instructor where value was not my specific concern. I cannot speak to the value paid by the responsible party in that context.
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Pros
LexisNexis
  • I like the annotated statutes. That is typically where I start my searches.
  • I seem to find more relevant case law on Lexis than I have through Westlaw.
  • Their training and research attorneys are very helpful.
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Thomson Reuters
  • Public Records Research
  • Inventory of case, laws, and legal precedents to research
  • Showing good vs. bad case law based on court decisions
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Cons
LexisNexis
  • The notes from cases function is not as strong as other competitors
  • Lacks some features that more novel sources use
  • Costly
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Thomson Reuters
  • Some functions/features may seem less familiar if you are used to other platforms
  • Certain resources are not the very best (and are available on other engines)
  • Costly!
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Usability
LexisNexis
Very intuitive, easy to use visual qualitative assessments, and I like that they don't "summarize" rules but give exact quotes from cases. The product is super customizable and you can try before you buy. Unlike their main competitor, I don't feel like they tricked me or set me up to purchase more content that I don't need--so in terms of service and overall functionality, they are superior to the competition.
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Thomson Reuters
The specific product ordered was fine, but it was far too easy to mindlessly incur ancillary charges without warning. This is much less user friendly than other, similar providers of services such as LexisNexis. The Thomson Reuters Westlaw experience is not intuitive when compared to other, similar providers and ended up being less cost effective.
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Support Rating
LexisNexis
Haven't reached out except for password help but the response was quick. A couple times it locked me out for no reason
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Thomson Reuters
I was passed around like a hot potato and nameless responders were somewhat disrespectful and "snippy." There was no offer to resolve the issue I complained about, and I was basically made to feel as though I was lying about the problem. The solution was easy: fix my customized home screen to remove the possibility of wandering into a non-subscription area. This fix was never offered or pursued. Instead, I was offered the option of signing up for additional services.
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Alternatives Considered
LexisNexis
Lexis Advance and Westlaw do the same thing and are very comparable. We actually use both. If Lexis Advanced doesn't have content we are looking for, it can usually be found in Westlaw. They compliment each other well. If I had to pick one over the other I would choose Lexis Advanced, but it's close.
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Thomson Reuters
We considered switching to Bloomberg Law because of the contractual provisions with Westlaw but ultimately decided to stay. The cost of getting out of the contract term was cost-prohibitive and left us with no choice.
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Return on Investment
LexisNexis
  • It's had a positive impact in finding more cases that are on point for my cases.
  • It was actually cheaper than their competitor.
  • The natural language search is better than the competitor.
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Thomson Reuters
  • Positive return by making legal research more efficient.
  • Cost more to use however saves time and allows for more work to get done.
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