Ever thought that you could do legal research more user-friendly than ever before? It is possible to do that with Ravel Law. It is a startup that applies various tools to help you in your legal research starting from firm analytics to court analytics to judge analytics and more. It offers comprehensive coverage of Supreme Court Cases as well as information about current case coverage.
The Story of Ravel Law
Ravel Law was founded by Daniel Lewis and Nik Reed who were law school graduates. These two people were sure that legal research could be done in a better way. In 2012, they founded Ravel Law, a legal research platform that aimed at making the research easier and more comprehensive. Five years after Daniel Lewis and Nik Reed founded the company, it was acquired by LexisNexis, a legal research giant which paid an undisclosed sum for the company. Ravel will continue to operate out of its office with a team of 21 persons.
The acquisition by LexisNexis will expand LexisNexis Legal Analytics by incorporating Ravel’s judicial analytics, data visualization technology, and case law PDF content. The tools will also develop the features of Lexis Litigation Profile Suite and Lexis Advance.
“The Ravel Law team is excited to join LexisNexis for many reasons, chief among them is that we share a vision for the role of technology in the practice of law in which innovative, highly effective and easy to use tools help lawyers make data-driven decisions,” said CEO of Ravel Law Lewis. “We look forward to bringing our expertise and technology to that effort at LexisNexis.”
What Makes Ravel Different?
There is one thing that differentiates this analytical tool from other law research tools. It offers visualizations that make legal research easier. For example, you may navigate between cases and identify the most relevant ones specific to your interest. You can limit your search my jurisdiction. It also allows saving annotations on cases to your profile.
The tool gives its users access to a huge library of case law. Lawyers use the vast information to identify the passages of their interest. They can find the needle in a haystack.
But perhaps analytics is one of the most ambitious features of the tool. These tools automatically surface key passages referring to citations and interpretations. The software does this by mapping the law building linkages in other cases.
Finally, one of the fascinating features of the tools is “Your Judge, Unraveled.” It is as important for a lawyer to know the judge as to know the case. The easy-to-use algorithm helps lawyers to uncover how judges rule which has profound implications for the outcome of their cases.
Users reported that they spend up to two-thirds of less time on legal research with this tool.