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The Legal Research Landscape: From Abridgements to AI

Eastland, Craig, The Legal Research Landscape: From Abridgements to AI (February 10, 2024). Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: or  – “The landscape of legal research has become a bit bewildering. Fifty years ago, there was one way to do legal research, but competition and computers have created a kind of legal research Swiss army knife. Lawyers have never had so many different ways to research the law. This is good news, because the volume of US law continues to grow, but bad news because the range of options has become somewhat overwhelming. This brief article seeks to describe the main research systems currently available to US researchers, including how they developed, how they work, and how they interact.”

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