Caselaw is Set Free, What Next? - Google Scholar Blog. This is a great exposition of the history of Internet legal research by Thomas Bruce, the Director of the Legal Information Institute at Cornell, one of the first repositories of legal research on the web, and still going strong. You don't need paid legal case law to practice law today; you can do with the Google Scholar case law databases, and it keeps getting better. Now that citators are included, the next step will be creating legal information systems that incorporate regulations and secondary resources, which will be available to everyone in the world. The first place I go for any legal research project these days is Google Scholar, and I then fine tune the results from other resources. If you have some time, go to the Legal Information Institute, and see what is available and searchable for free.