Keep track of your online legal research efficiently and for free
Lexbox allows you to create and manage your online research workspace. It enables you to assemble in one central location relevant legal information from various online sources, and to create personalized alerts. It is a trusted tool for legal professionals who conduct research online.
Your online legal research workspace
Organize your research record
With Lexbox, you can save your legal research finds in client/matter folders, subject/matter folders or any folder structure that matches your practice needs. You can store queries, cases, legislation and other documents. All saved items come with metadata, such as citation, issuing court and key-words, and you can also add your own notes. When you revisit your research record later, you will be able to work with content again quickly and efficiently.
Get alerts for new pertinent content
Want to stay up to date in your research? That’s what Lexbox’s alerts are meant for. You can set up alerts that will notify you when a new document matching search criteria is posted, when a new decision citing one that you saved in Lexbox becomes available or when a specific statute gets cited by a new case. You can choose to receive alerts at your preferred frequency, by email or directly in your Lexbox workspace.
Get more from your favourite legal research websites
Lexbox adds a powerful set of features to your favourite legal research websites: CanLII, the SCC decisions website, Washington PERC, and a growing list of supported websites. You can save, create folders, set up alerts, organize stuff and move items around, without interrupting your research process.
View your research history
Lexbox will automatically keep a record of your research history, neatly organized by date and research session. You will be able to retrieve your past searches and documents consulted in case you overlooked saving something important that you came across.
Export your research folders
The contents of your folders – cases, legislation and web pages – can be easily exported into a list of authorities, organized by content type and with hyperlinks to the original documents.
Share with colleagues
Your saved items can be shared in one click with colleagues along with a personalized note or comment.
Sorry, we don’t have any user documentation for Lexbox. You’ll get it from the very beginning. As all our solutions, simplicity is at the core of the product design.
Get started in 10 seconds
The best part? You can get started with Lexbox in less than 10 seconds: create an account (only an email address and a password are required) and try it out on, say, CanLII.
Lexbox folders are a great place to keep track of your research, but there may come a time when you get caught up in a complex search query and forget to save a document, or didn’t realize you needed it until later. The Lexbox Recent History feature can help you backtrack your research activity so that you can access those documents you may have discarded...
Can I use Lexbox on my mobile device?
Your Lexbox workspace is fully mobile friendly. You can use any mobile browser to access your folders and content at app.mylexbox.com. We suggest that you save this page to your mobile homescreen for convenience.
Lexbox will also work for mobile devices on supported websites as long as the websites themselves are mobile-friendly. It is the case of most websites operated by Lexum.
I am always logged out of Lexbox when visiting a supported website. Is there a way to stay logged in?
To stay connected on Lexbox between your legal research sessions you must enable third-party cookies in your web browser. We detailed the procedure for the main browsers in this blog post.
I have the Lexbox Chrome extension installed but it’s not working anymore. Why?
As of mid-April 2019, we have stopped supporting the Lexbox extension and removed it from the Chrome Store. If you currently have the Lexbox Chrome extension installed, it means you will no longer be able to save web pages from any website in Lexbox (don’t worry, we have a replacement feature coming up in a future release), and you will no longer be able to use Lexbox on the following websites: Federal Courts of Canada, Federal Legislation, Ontario e-Laws, and BC Laws.
Since the Lexbox Chrome extension is not supported anymore, we recommend you to remove it from your Chrome browser.
Is it possible to import my existing CanLII RSS feeds into Lexbox?
At the moment there is no feature or wizard allowing for the automatic conversion of CanLII RSS feeds into Lexbox alerts. Such a feature is among the list of ideas under consideration for upcoming releases. In the mean time, follow this procedure to manually import your CanLII RSS feeds into Lexbox:
- Open the URL of your CanLII RSS feed.
- Copy the portion of the URL located after the “rssExpiryDate” value. See the portion in bold in the following example: http://www.canlii.org/en/search/rssSearch.do?rssExpiryDate=2016-05-08&type=decision&ccType=labor-relations&text=unjust%20enrichment
- Paste this portion at the end of the following URL and hit enter: http://www.canlii.org/en/index.html#search/
- Click on “Save this query” in the Lexbox bar on the supported website.
Can Lexbox folders be shared among researchers?
At the time being, items stored in your Lexbox account can be shared by email, but we are definitely considering enabling shared access to selected folders amongst users. For instance, this would allow a practice group to collectively work on a research project. It is likely that this feature will be part of an upcoming premium account package made available for a fee.
If lawyers invest their time in your product, is there a chance it could get prohibitively expensive in the future?
No. The functionalities currently included in Lexbox will remain free. Eventually, premium accounts will be introduced, offering additional features and capabilities for a fee. Our plan is to prove that a free product can stand on its own before developing a revenue model. And considering the growth of Lexbox’s user base since its launch (we are close to 30,000 users in April 2019), it definitely looks like it can.
Among the additional features that we have in mind for the upcoming premium accounts are the capacity to submit your own documents into your Lexbox account, to search your folders (including in the documents you submitted and the ones stored on publisher websites) and the capacity to share selected folders with other Lexbox users. Aside from these ideas, the list of premium features has not been fixed yet and will be determined by collecting user feedback.
What’s next for Lexbox?
Our philosophy as a company is to build simple, efficient and reliable tools. This has also been the priority when designing Lexbox and we intend to keep it that way. Prior to the launch, we had planned to offer product documentation. It turns out that users onboard and work with Lexbox smoothly and help files are not necessarily in high demand. Obviously, the feature set will grow – submitting documents, sharing folders, searching folders’ content, supporting more sites, etc. The focus on simplicity and discoverability will remain a high priority. Lexbox will be an easy-to-use productivity tool that makes great legal research resources such as CanLII, even better.