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Simple Universal Search (top search bar)

Performing a search in vLex is very simple. In the search bar located on the top of the page you will find an intelligent search engine that uses algorithms to understand legal concepts and quickly show you the most relevant results.

When you start to enter your search criteria, the predictive search engine and autocomplete will automatically start to show you relevant results. To learn more about the autocomplete feature, please click here.

The results are presented in the following order:

  • Main results
  • Popular searches (search recommendations based on popular searches by other users)
  • Featured documents
  • Featured SmartTopics
  • Sources or publications

If any of these documents is the one you are looking for, you can simply click and in moments you will have access to your desired document.


If you want to see all of the search results ( and not only the pre-selected results in the predictive search engine) you must click “return” to perform the search and we will show you the complete list of search results. The system will show you a new window with the classification in: thesaurus (in case thesaurus exists in the country you are searching for), sources and all of the results related to the search.

On the left side of the page there are different results filters, including filters for different content collections (i.e. Legislation, Case Law, Statutes, Forms, Books and Journals, News). To filter this content through the options to refine the results, please click here.

Advanced search

For more a complex search, and as an alternative to the filter system, you can also use the Advanced Search feature.

This post is also available in: Español

Updated on December 21, 2017

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