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Lexis launch new service for law students

Law students can now have the accuracy of all their case law and legislation citations checked and verified as they work, thanks to the release of a student version of LexisNexis’ LexisCheck software. The software, designed in conjunction with Osborne Clarke LLP, acts like a ‘spell-check’ for legal citations. Scanning through Word documents it automatically identifies citations and then displays, with a traffic light signal, whether the citation can be considered ‘reasonable’, to be used with ‘caution’ or ‘unreliable.’

Designed to improve the accuracy and working practice of lawyers, the citation-checking LexisCheck encourages students to recognise the importance of accurate citations, and to research them more quickly and effectively. With direct links through to the authoritative content of LexisLibrary, students can rapidly discover and understand the change in the law that LexisCheck has highlighted.

Craig Jones, Client Knowledge Services Manager, Osborne Clarke says “This is a new way for students to work, taking advantage of the latest legal technology. Ensuring that accurate citations are used is vital for students to get the best grades possible, but the additional skills they can learn using LexisCheck, such as effective use of technology, the correct way to quote cases, and how to thoroughly research cases will also help students build their career beyond university. The ability to use legal technology and an understanding of best practice is something that we and other law firms look for in graduates, so LexisCheck will bring real value to both students and employers.”

LexisNexis Head of Knowledge Solutions, Simon Drane said “LexisCheck is part of LexisNexis’ ongoing commitment to the legal community to work with lawyers to provide innovative solutions that genuinely help in the practice of law.” An annual license for LexisCheck for students will retail at the introductory price of £39.99 inc VAT until the end of November.

Key benefits of LexisCheck for students include:
·        Validation of citations in all essays and coursework to ensure currency and accuracy
·        Helping to save time as well as ensuring a better quality of work
·        Strengthening a student’s ability to check and verify citations
·        Assisting with mooting and competition preparedness
·        Improved ease of research

10 replies on “Lexis launch new service for law students”

Once again LexisNexis is helping law firms not just commercially, but also making a real contribution to the education of the next generation of lawyers to make the law even safer, more available and thus provide a better service for the consumer

In the words of the late, great John Junor: Pass the sick bag, Alice

Speaking from experience, I think this is a great idea and one that is likely to be warmly welcomed by law students. It's good to see some innovation (although there is always scope for more!). I'm not connected with the IT industry, by the way.

So …
If you can Cut'n'Paste Citations without understanding them, then “you're in” … as long as the names and references are correct.
From many years ago I can citate a number of cases (vaguely), but I'm no Lawyer…
There were some smoke balls I recall, and a prositute who contracted for a horse drawn cab. Can't recall the dates or spelling, so I guess I'll fail, even though I think I get the points of law.
What a pile of crap … helping people to quote the law, but with no understanding.
As for “Assisting with Mooting” … It's caled a laxative.

And a welcome return to form by Andy Stokes, one of the few non-anonymous posters to this site. As for mooting… attending a moot is probably one of the few things in life that makes attending a 'midgets giving prizes to midgets' awards dinner seem like a good night out – CC

I thought the idea of the new product was simply to check whether the citations are correct. The correct citation of cases is something that the courts have picked up on many occasions, so I guess it may help out in that regard. However, I agree with Andy that there's no substitute for actually reading the cases concerned and understanding how they apply in context.

I thought it was time to take this issue of anonymous posting to a whole new level…

When a Brave New World of Legal IT awards is announced with much huffing and puffing, it amazes me that the shortlist looks like this:
IT Strategist
Abby Ewen – Simmons & Simmons
Jan Durant – Lewis Silkin
Janet Day – Berwin Leighton Paisner
Stephen Chiang – Bedell Group
I am sure if we were to look through the Loties shortlist it would not be too different.

Bring back Karen Jones – everything is forgiven (even the ice sculptures)

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