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Free and Low-Cost Online Legal Research : Low-Cost Legal Research Databases

Low-Cost Legal Research Services

27 state and local bar associations offer Casemaker free to their members; subscriptions may also be purchased for a reasonable price. Basic product includes a federal library (Supreme, Circuit, and District Court opinions; Bankruptcy Court opinions; U.S. Code; Code of Federal Regulations; and more) and a state library (availability of materials varies by state). Add-ons for an extra fee include the CaseCheck citator, CiteCheck, and Daily Digest.

Several state and local bar associations offer Fastcase free to their members. A free 24-hour trial is also available, along with contract-free monthly and yearly subscriptions. Fastcase includes 50-state and federal appellate case law databases, as well as statutes and regulations. Premium pricing tier also includes Federal District and Bankruptcy Court opinions.

Offers three different monthly pricing plans. Database includes mainly primary law, such as federal and state cases, statutes, and regulations.

Allows users to obtain case and docket information from federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts. Charge is $0.10 per page retreived, which applies to both the pages of search results and the pages of documents you receive. The charge for any single document is capped at $3.00, and if you accrue less than $15.00 worth of charges in any given quarter, the fees are waived for that quarter.

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The chat service is available to all of our patrons but is designed to meet the legal research needs of U-M students, staff, and faculty.

Chat is monitored from 1-6 pm Monday-Wednesday and 1-5 pm Thursday-Friday on days when class is in session.

*Excluding University holidays and semester breaks--check library hours for more information. The Building and library are available to law school community ONLY after 6 pm, and are closed to all but law school community on home football Saturdays.