oh how i hate the New York Times with its elitist, pseudo-intellectual, east coast, left-wing writers. but hey — put enough of them behind keyboards and eventually one of them will push out Hamlet, or in this case a page-turner about some of my favorite subjects:
this piece from the Old Gray Lady reads like the plot of a blockbuster straight-to-DVD movie: brash young entrepreneurs with a dream and Stanford MBA are whisked from parents’ garage to fabulous offices where they are busy creating the next big thing in … search? okay, so it’s not the Manhattan Project, but it leaves no doubt that better legal search looms around the corner and will not come from Westlaw or Lexis, who will try to stop it just as they have every other innovation that threatened their duopoly. but this time they won’t be able to. the parallels between the legal field and the dominance of Microsoft and Yahoo in the search space is undeniable. how will this all play out? consider this: it took a couple of dreamers to challenge Microsoft and become Google; now a new crop is nipping at Google’s heels to develop better search algorithms and one day become your virtual law librarian.
LPM RECOMMENDS: keep your eye on these contenders in the search space
powerset: natural language search
hakia: meaning-based search (lawyer friendly)
chacha: biggest research-powered search
snap: semantic search that learns from you
wikia: user-contributed content (wikis) plus searches
Going to a law school is a huge investment but worth your while.