LexisNexis Announces Winner of LexisCheck Law Students Competition
Lucky Law Student to Live Rent-Free
London, 5 May, 2010 - LexisNexis UK (www.lexisnexis.co.uk) today announced the winner of its Lexis®Check Law Students competition. The prize of a year's free rent was won by Laura Tranter, a full time Graduate Diploma in Law student at the College of Law, Guildford. Laura was selected as the winner for her use of the citation-checking software, LexisCheck, to identify inaccurate legal citations on a public-facing Internet site, which if relied on would have lead to false reasoning or, in the case of a lawyer, erroneous advice to a client. Laura succeeded by identifying the most serious inaccuracy and outlining the impact it would have, despite strong competition from other law students, who found errors on Internet sources ranging from free legal information sites, public bodies, through to private sector sites such as law firms.
Upon being presented with her winning cheque by Josh Bottomley, LexisNexis Managing Director, Laura said of her win: "Taking part in the LexisCheck Law Students competition has been truly fantastic. In using LexisCheck I have been genuinely surprised that supposedly reputable sources on the Internet could contain such errors. This software has also been a tremendous help to my work as a student writing essays, ensuring I don't include citations for which I could lose marks for relying on outdated law. I'm so happy that by using such a simple tool, I've been able to now save on a year's rent, which in a world of ever increasing educational costs gives me the opportunity to achieve much more this year than I could have imagined."
Josh Bottomley, Managing Director, LexisNexis, said: "It is a real pleasure to be able to award Laura her prize of a year's free rent. We hope this helps her realise her aim of becoming a lawyer. The need to safely identify resources upon which sound legal argument can be founded is of paramount importance today, especially as people often mistakenly rely on inaccurate sources of information on the Internet. We also hope that the skills developed when using tools such as LexisCheck will help Laura and other law students improve their chances of getting the necessary grades to be considered for a training contract in a very competitive job market. LexisCheck is already proving a real success with law firms, and we want to ensure that law students have access to the same tools that they will come to use as they move into practice law."
The upgraded LexisCheck software used by Laura includes the 'beta' version of LexisCheck Web that checks legal citations in Web pages in real time using the LexisCheck traffic light signals to identify whether a citation can be considered 'reasonable,' to be used with 'caution' or 'unreliable.' Law students and lawyers often use free Internet sources to undertake simple legal research without properly understanding the potential risks of relying on unverified information. LexisCheck helps reduce the risk of citing out-of-date law - whether it is a student submitting an essay or a lawyer delivering client advice.
LexisNexis® (www.lexisnexis.com) is a leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions designed specifically for professionals in the legal, risk management, corporate, government, law enforcement, accounting and academic markets. LexisNexis originally pioneered online information with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. A member of Reed Elsevier [NYSE: ENL; NYSE: RUK] (www.reedelsevier.com), LexisNexis serves customers in more than 100 countries with 15,000 employees worldwide.
In the UK, LexisNexis (www.lexisnexis.co.uk) online services include Lexis®Library - named Online Product of the Year at the Legal Technology Awards - and Nexis®, the single most powerful global news & business information service. The company has over 1,000 employees in the UK.
LexisCheck (www.lexisnexis.co.uk/lexischeck) is the next step in intelligent legal software; ensuring that legal references are accurate across new documents (Draft), in Internet resources (Web), and within all the existing files of a law firm's document management system (Monitor). It combines three distinct elements: LexisCheck Draft, LexisCheck Web and LexisCheck Monitor which interlock to collectively fit within a lawyer's workflow. LexisCheck provides a direct link between the LexisNexis experts who continuously track changes in case law and legislation and a lawyer's desktop, drawing continuous updates and information from Lexis®Library.
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