We know researching legal issues from home can be challenging or expensive. There are many resources available, but most are expensive. The Law Library is looking constantly for resources to help our users as part of our mission of providing access to justice.
Fastcase is one tool we are excited to share with you. We recently secured a public subscription to the database. Users can access the database remotely, from home, work, or almost anywhere. The subscription includes both federal and state primary law. Codes, regulations, court decisions, and orders are available at your fingertips.
Not only do you get access to primary law from all 50 states, but Fastcase also has its own citator, called “Authority Check.” Authority Check allows you to confirm the case you are interested in is good law. Additionally, you can see the cases that have cited the case you are viewing.
You can access Fastcase from the Legal Databases page of our website. The databases are listed alphabetically. You will need to use the listed user name and password.
If you are unfamiliar with Fastcase or simply want to know the basics so you can started using it, check the recording of the Legal Research with Fastcase class on our YouTube channel. They have helpful video tutorials linked on their website as well. Try starting out with “Introduction to Fastcase 7” and “Authority Check.”