Fastcase® is the leading next-generation legal research service that puts a comprehensive national law library and smarter and more powerful searching, sorting and visualization tools at your fingertips. To learn more read our frequently asked questions.
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Fastcase’s libraries include primary law from all 50 states, as well as deep federal coverage going back to 1 U.S. 1, 1 F.2d 1, 1 F.Supp. 1 and 1 B.R. 1. The Fastcase collection includes cases, statutes, regulations, court rules and constitutions. Fastcase also provides access to a newspaper archive, legal forms and a one-stop PACER search of federal filings through our content partners.
Fastcase’s libraries are searchable, just like you search the Web or traditional legal research services – by keyword (or “Boolean” search), natural language search or citation lookup. Fastcase's tools find the best answers fast, saving you time and making your practice more competitive to clients.
More than 500,000 lawyers have access to Fastcase, making it one of the world’s most trusted research services. Twenty-one state bar associations and dozens of other membership organizations have purchased Fastcase subscriptions for all of their members, most after rigorous review and thorough analysis. Lawyers love Fastcase because they know they can trust that they will find the most authoritative cases first.
Find answers faster
Traditional research services present a conundrum: either read screen after screen of irrelevant results, or “focus” results and run the serious risk of excluding important cases (maybe even the winning case!). Because Fastcase is the only legal research system that sorts the best results to the top of the list like Google, you can find the most important cases right away (at the top), no matter how many search results you get – and without the risk of overfocusing your research. Unsure what’s the best result? Fastcase includes 12 different ways to sort search results (such as relevance score, number of citations or date decided), so you can customize what’s important to you.
Visualize search results to see the best results instantly
Only Fastcase features an interactive map of search results, so you can see the most important cases at a glance. Long lists of text search results (even when sorted well), only show one ranking at a time. Sorting the most relevant case to the top might sort the most cited case to the bottom. Sorting the most cited case to the top might sort the most recent case to the bottom.
Fastcase’s patent-pending Interactive Timeline view shows all of the search results on a single map, illustrating how the results occur over time, how relevant each case is based on your search terms, how many times each case has been “cited generally” by all other cases, and how many times each case has been cited only by the super-relevant cases within the search result (“cited within” search results). The visual map provides volumes more information than any list of search results – you have to see it to believe it!
Integrated citation analysis
Search results on Fastcase automatically include the number of times each case has been cited – Fastcase is the only service that allows you to find the most cited case in your results with a single click. On traditional services, you could do that only by Shepardizing or KeyCiting every case in the search results. Finding the seminal case is one of the most important tasks in legal research, and Fastcase’s integrated citation analysis tools are by far the most powerful way to find the seminal case in any kind of research.
Free access for NCBA members
The NCBA knows the value of information. That is why we made the N.C. Fastcase Web Library a no-cost member service. Simply put, if you are a member of the NCBA, you receive, free, unlimited access to the N.C. Fastcase Web Library. No other provider can offer anything that comes close to this NCBA membership service.Start Fastcase Legal Research