Legal Research Software

Legal Research Software Overview

Legal research software helps law firms find useful information for building cases and drafting documents. Software vendors offer access to searchable databases of legal documents. They may also provide analytical tools to help interpret search results.


The existing body of legal documentation is large and can be difficult to navigate. Adequately preparing to argue a case or advise a client requires extensive research. Using legal research software can reduce research times for attorneys. Supplemental tools help attorneys evaluate the strength of their case or plan their court strategy.


Vendors actively curate and update their databases to include new decisions, overturned cases, and other changes to existing law.

Legal Research Products

(1-22 of 22) Sorted by Most Reviews

Thomson Reuters Westlaw
13 ratings
8 reviews
Westlaw, now supported by Thomson Reuters is a legal research software and database, emphasizing access to a breadth of case law.
Lexis Advance
3 ratings
6 reviews
Lexis Advance from LexisNexis is an online legal research database providing access as well as commentary to an extensive library of legal resources, Shepard's Citation System, smart content discovery with Lexis Answers machine learning search and answer system, among other features.
Lexis Advance Quicklaw (formerly LexisNexis Quicklaw)
2 ratings
2 reviews
LexisNexis supports legal research with Lexis Advance Quicklaw, its Canadian legal research database acquired in 2002.
Bloomberg Law
0 ratings
2 reviews
Bloomberg Law is a legal research and analytics tool, from Bloomberg.
Business Advisory Plan
1 rating
1 review
LegalZoom Business Advisory Plan is a legal service offering for small businesses.
Aderant Handshake
0 ratings
1 review
Legal software specialist Aderant offers Handshake, the company's Sharepoint compatible knowledge management platform specifically for law firms featuring access via intranet and extranet portals and an enterprise search tool for locating documentation and expertise, and general KM analytics.
Lexis Search Advantage
1 rating
1 review
Lexis Search Advantage is a document search and indexing application; platform agnostic, Lexis Search Advantage is meant to integrate with a firm's document management system to make internal knowledge and relevant documents more accessible.
Thomson Reuters Practical Law
2 ratings
1 review
Thomson Reuters offers Practical Law, a research assistance tool containing up-to-date legal intelligence decisions, aimed at providing strategic advantage to legal teams.
Clarion
Walters Klower offers Clarion as a legal research aid, an application dedicated to supporting due diligence and information of use to understanding mergers and business relationships, and client advisement assistance by providing information locating and understanding potential acquisitions.
Ipro for enterprise
Ipro for enterprise (cloud) is offered as a streamlined and flexible workflow for eDiscovery, allowing the user to avoid time delays, errors and budget overruns, and drive productivity. With Ipro for enterprise, data is automatically copied, processed, filtered and loaded into review systems with li…
Consilio Complete
Consilio headquartered in Washington, D.C. offers Consilio Complete, a suite of legal services & technologies designed to deliver efficiency, quality, and cost savings for challenges of any size & type supported by Consilio's global experts, workflows, and technology infrastructure.
Vertical Discovery Optimum Servicebridge
ServiceBridge extends a corporation’s use of Navigator to third-party partners. Provides integration between the corporate hold/preserve/collection process and partners for the heavy lifts of processing, review, hosting, and productions.
Wolters Kluwer Cheetah
Wolters Kluwer offers Cheetah, a curated legal research content tool to enrich the legal research process in order to make it faster and more intuitive.
Wolters Kluwer Daily Reporting Suite
The Wolters Kluwer Daily Reporting Suite is presented as a complete daily report of the news that affects the user's practice, clients, and legal world.
Wolters Kluwer Aliform
Wolters Kluwer Aliform is child and family alimony software, primarily used by family or divorce lawyers. It is available in Canada. With it, the vendor states users can automate calculations, save time and produce files that comply with government requirements, as a comprehensive family patrimony a…
Wolters Kluwer ASPI
ASPI from Wolters Kluwer is a tool for anyone based in Czech Republic who needs to understand the law, taxes, accounting, presented as the most extensive content, commentaries, case law, translations, tools and applications.
Wolters Kluwer Collecties
The Wolters Kluwer Collectie or Collecties are a suite of products and services meant to provide the user access to online access to publications for notaries and accountancies to learn the relevant legislation and rules to stay relevant and compliant with law.
Wolters Kluwer Federal Developments Knowledge Center
Federal Developments Knowledge Center from Wolters Kluwer is designed to keep users informed of important federal legislation and rules that are proposed and enacted by the Executive Administration, Congress and Regulatory Agencies. The vendor says its users will keep informed of the latest federal …
Wolters Kluwer One
Wolters Kluwer One is a legal and compliance research tool available in continental Europe, primarily sold in Italy. Options available are One FISCALE, One LAVORO, One LEGALE.
Wolters Kluwer StudentASPI
Wolters Kluwer's StudentASPI provides online access to a collection of laws, case law, and selected textbooks, comments, scripts, and other Wolters Kluwer learning tools.
Wolters Kluwer Jura Notariaat
Jura Notariaat, from Wolters Kluwer is an online legal database for notaries and notarial employees, for corporate law, family law, tax law, property law and real estate law. In Jura Notariaat users will find all legal texts, including historical versions and have access to both Dutch and French cas…
Zakta
Zakta, an Ascendum Solutions company, offers the Zakta Platform, a semantic analysis, concept visualization and advanced search tool.

Learn More About Legal Research Software

What is Legal Research Software?

Legal research software helps law firms find useful information for building cases and drafting documents. Software vendors offer access to searchable databases of legal documents. They may also provide analytical tools to help interpret search results.


The existing body of legal documentation is large and can be difficult to navigate. Adequately preparing to argue a case or advise a client requires extensive research. Using legal research software can reduce research times for attorneys. Supplemental tools help attorneys evaluate the strength of their case or plan their court strategy.


Vendors actively curate and update their databases to include new decisions, overturned cases, and other changes to existing law.

Legal Research Software Features & Capabilities

Common Features

Most vendors offering legal research software include:

  • Access to databases of legal information

  • Active database curation to keep information relevant

  • Relevant articles and analysis from newspapers and journals

  • Updates on current events and changes to the legal landscape

  • Research support teams to assist users with searches

Additional Tools

Some software includes additional tools to supplement and interpret the information in the vendor’s database. These tools add features such as:

  • Analysis of public records to find information on companies, people, and assets

  • Validation of citations to ensure that cited decisions are still considered good law

  • Infographics showing relationships between cases relevant to a search

  • Assisted document drafting

  • Analytics for specific judges, firms, and case types

Pricing Information

The price for legal research software varies depending on the number of users and the features included. Most vendors use a monthly subscription plan. Per-month costs range from $50 per month to over $600 per month.


Some vendors also offer pay-as-you-go plans, charging per minute used or per document viewed. Vendors may also charge extra fees to view documents outside the scope of a subscription. For instance, some subscriptions only include legal documents from a particular state or region.