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How much do you solos pay for Westlaw?

A client has asked me to assist them in setting up a general retard12/21/17
Though isthisit's comment might appear a bit flippant, it's thirdtierlaw12/21/17
Call up a Westlaw rep and ask. isthisit12/21/17
Pretty sure their contracts don't really allow for blabbing bigbossman12/22/17
Thanks for the info. I am going to advise my client’s CFO retard12/22/17
It depends on the type of plan you get, it will range from $ greenhorn12/23/17
This is for an in-house legal department of a corporation wi retard12/23/17
Lol yes. I think with that budget, they can afford a few buc greenhorn12/23/17
When I worked in small-law, my firm had a subscription that superttthero12/23/17
Yea I couldn't function if I was being charged by search or thirdtierlaw12/23/17
retard (Dec 21, 2017 - 1:48 pm)

A client has asked me to assist them in setting up a general counsel’s office and budget.

How much do solos pay? They will have a GC and a paralegal to start.

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thirdtierlaw (Dec 21, 2017 - 2:27 pm)

Though isthisit's comment might appear a bit flippant, it's the best course of action. It can vary dramatically from what is needed from the Westlaw account, i.e. forms, ALR review articles, all 50 states vs. just home state, etc. It can also vary by how long the person has been practicing. I believe they give new practitioners a huge break on the cost.

I'd recommend calling Lexis first as well. Even if you ultimately want to go with Westlaw, it'll help with the negotiations to know what Lexis is offering.

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isthisit (Dec 21, 2017 - 2:16 pm)

Call up a Westlaw rep and ask.

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bigbossman (Dec 22, 2017 - 7:33 pm)

Pretty sure their contracts don't really allow for blabbing about the rate one pays anyway. This is why if you search for that online there's not a ton of good info. I also think it's best to call, I have Lexis and the reps are very nice and not at all bossy. Also the product is suprisingly decent and I have used Westlaw for many years prior.

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retard (Dec 22, 2017 - 8:35 pm)

Thanks for the info. I am going to advise my client’s CFO to set up a meeting with westlaw.

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greenhorn (Dec 23, 2017 - 10:38 am)

It depends on the type of plan you get, it will range from $300-$650ish. It depends if you want all the states in the union plus federal or if you want the ability to access forms, prior filed motions, briefs, practice guides etc.

They will start you off artificially low, like maybe $180/month, but then once the deal “wears off,” it suddenly goes up.

If you need to be on a budget, I recommend going to the Hofstra law library. You get free unlimited Westlaw/Nexis, plus you get to see all the cute undergrads and envy their carefree lives.

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retard (Dec 23, 2017 - 3:31 pm)

This is for an in-house legal department of a corporation with $200m/yr in revenue so the law library isn’t an option. I guess they will have to pony up the funds.

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greenhorn (Dec 23, 2017 - 4:08 pm)

Lol yes. I think with that budget, they can afford a few bucks per month. I was just posting as a reference to other potential solo practice guys.

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superttthero (Dec 23, 2017 - 4:29 pm)

When I worked in small-law, my firm had a subscription that included all state cases. So basically, you can search and browse to your heart's desire if it was state with no attention to time or amount of searches.

At bigger firms, they have the whole transactional or time based searching which both cost an arm and a leg.

Why the difference? Is it that the large firms include everything in their plans so it's cheaper to do it transactionally? Is it that they'd need an account for every associate/partner, so it is cost prohibitive to pay $500-$1000 (whatever the monthly cost is, I have no clue) for each one?

It is so expensive at big firms to just do a single search. The few times I have to use it I really have a hard time. I'm quick with the computer so my MO has always been to run a ton of searches and sift the results fast rather than precision the first time.

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thirdtierlaw (Dec 23, 2017 - 4:38 pm)

Yea I couldn't function if I was being charged by search or by time spent. I'm a compulsive tabber. Ill search, self-narrow the list and open a bunch of seemingly relevant opinions in tabs then narrow it down from there.

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