For too many years the idea that law firms just passed along the costs of legal research was conventional wisdom. It was never that simple.
Well, the times are changing again and the trend seems to be a Decline of Cost Recovery for Online Legal Research by law firms. This post at Dewey B. Strategic links to 2 reports that tracked law firm cost recovery practices.
The young associate's skill in effective and efficient legal research is still important.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat
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