Using Google Scholar For Legal Research In 2017 - Part 1 - MyCase Blog. This is a great primer, by Nicole Black, on the use of the free Google Scholar case research tool for every day legal research. Covering all 50 States and Federal Courts, this free tool is the first place to go for finding applicable case law in any legal research project. It is free, and available to anyone with a browser and an Internet connection. Legal research has come a long way since I was a law student in the Stone Age, and we had to search printed volumes in a law library. I spent a semester of my life learning how to find cases in Shepard's Legal Citator, and then pulling the books and turning pages. There are excellent paid legal research resources; some of which are made available by State Bars for their members from their dues. If you are paying a lot of money for legal research tools, you owe it to yourself and your pocket book to see if you can't get the job done with free resources on the Internet. Now, go find some case law.