Wiki-Law: The ‘Wikipedia’ of law

I’ve become a big fan and regular user of Wikipedia, the free, user-edited encyclopedia. Last fall, Cornell’s Legal Information Institute launched the legal dictionary and encyclopedia Wex, which, like Wikipedia, is collaboratively written and edited by users. Now, another legal wiki has launched, Wiki-Law, and its co-founder says its mission “is to become the Wikipedia of the legal world.”

A wiki, according to Wikipedia, is “a type of website that allows users to easily add, remove, or otherwise edit all content, very quickly and easily, sometimes without the need for registration.” The new WikiLaw describes its purpose as being “to create a free, complete, up-to-date and reliable world-wide legal guide and resource.”

Users can contribute content in any of seven categories: Dictionary, Forms, Statutes, Case Briefs, Law Firm Profiles, Law School Profiles and Law Journal Profiles, or they can write their own blog or submit an interesting law related link. Not much there yet, but I hope the idea takes off.

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  • J Horton

    I am glad to see that “wiki” is expanding into law. However, it appears that there are two competing law sites: http://www.wikilaw.org vs. http://www.wiki-law.org. Both of them appear rather inactive, and I think that either site will have a hard time getting off the ground with such similar domain names. “A house divided…”