When I first visited LawPeriscope, a site that profiles the nation’s 300 largest firms using the firms’ own Web sites, I was not impressed. Heck, I thought, anyone could pull together a bunch of links to someone else’s site. Then one day I found myself at one of those large firm sites, trying to navigate my way to a particular piece of information, without success. I remembered LawPeriscope, and a few clicks later, I found what I was looking for. I have used it routinely ever since.

The key is LawPeriscope’s profiles – outlines of each firm that take the information on the firm’s own site and organize it under a simple and uniform structure. For each firm, LawPeriscope lists offices, practice areas, attorneys, representative clients, seminars and events, publications and resources, and other features, linking directly to the full information wherever it resides on the firm’s own site. The result is a well organized resource, easy to use and worth a try.

(Excerpted from the second edition of The Essential Guide to the Best (and Worst) Legal Sites on the Web.)