Independent Research by Ipsos Shows Lexis+ Outperforms Competitors Across a Broad Range of Legal Research Technologies and Features, and Sets Law Students Up for Greater Success
New York, NY – LexisNexis Legal & Professional®, a leading global provider of information and analytics, today released results from an independent study of 2,030 U.S. law students demonstrating that LexisNexis remains the most preferred legal research platform in the market. The research is a follow-up to a similar independent study conducted in 2019 by PwC to better understand future lawyers’ attitudes, behaviors, and key drivers of user preference in relation to legal research.
According to the 2022 study, Lexis+, the flagship online legal research platform from LexisNexis, was preferred by 49% more law students than Westlaw Edge, its nearest competitor, expanding its lead from 2019, when 9% more law students preferred Lexis Advance (the company’s flagship legal research platform at the time). Corroborating these findings, LexisNexis received a Net Promoter Score (NPS) 136% higher than Westlaw Edge.
The Ipsos study also confirmed that Lexis+ edges out the competition in key areas that are most relevant to law students, and drive preference, including:
- Better design and interface (preferred by 35% more students)
- More positive impact on society (preferred by 24% more students)
- Better case citation service (preferred by 12% more students)
- Easier to use (preferred by 11% more students)
“Law firms looking to attract the brightest talent from among a generation of digitally-native lawyers need to embrace technologies that promote greater efficiency and interactivity, present data and information more visually, and create a more flexible environment that supports the way these future lawyers prefer to work,” said Sean Fitzpatrick, CEO, LexisNexis North America, UK & Ireland. “The results from the Ipsos survey confirm that the technological and design enhancements we’ve made to our flagship Lexis+ legal research solution resonate well with law students, who represent the future of the profession.”
According to the survey, law students strongly endorsed Lexis+’s technological enhancements, underlining its lead against the competition. Specifically, versus its nearest competitor:
- Data Visualization: 50% more law students rated the data visualization tools in Lexis+ as excellent
- Brief Analysis: 41% more law students rated the brief analysis tools in Lexis+ as excellent
- Legal Analytics: 26% more law students rated the legal analytics in Lexis+ as excellent
While technology is clearly important to law students, effectively training them on these cutting-edge solutions helps prepare them for their future careers, and once again, LexisNexis demonstrates its strength by being the market leader in this area. As compared to its nearest competitor:
- More Effective Training: 73% more law students say that LexisNexis account representatives provide more effective training
- Better On-Demand Training Options: 64% more law students confirmed that the self-paced, on-demand training options from LexisNexis were excellent
- Better Overall Preparation: 37% more law students say that LexisNexis’ training better prepares them for success
“The preferences voiced by today’s tech-savvy law students set the stage for the law firm of tomorrow – and the expectations of the firm’s future associates and clients. The most successful firms will be the ones that are able to attract and retain these young lawyers, whose mastery of cutting-edge technologies will enable them to contribute to their firms’ success more quickly,” said Omry Bigger, SVP, Large Markets at LexisNexis.
LexisNexis Legal & Professional commissioned Ipsos, a global market research and public opinion analyst firm, to undertake data collection and aggregate results for this study. Sample was provided by LexisNexis, drawing from its database of registered IDs containing all US law students. Approximately 40,000 U.S. law students were invited to participate in the online survey, which ran between December 14 – 27, 2021, and which generated 2,030 responses with a 3-point margin of error. These students were selected from a sampling of 107 ABA-accredited law schools and were balanced by school tier and class to reflect the distribution of the overall population of law students.
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LexisNexis Legal & Professional®provides legal, regulatory, and business information and analytics that help customers increase their productivity, improve decision-making, achieve better outcomes, and advance the rule of law around the world. As a digital pioneer, the company was the first to bring legal and business information online with its Lexis®and Nexis®services. LexisNexis Legal & Professional, which serves customers in more than 150 countries with 10,500 employees worldwide, is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.
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