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Reed and Lewis have lofty goals—their aim to build tools that help lawyers better understand the law with nuance and sophistication and to make the law more accessible for non-lawyers as well.

The bar exam was looming, but it was hard to focus on studying. Nik Reed and Daniel Lewis, both Stanford Law Class of 2012, had other things on their minds—like pitching their company, Ravel, to a potential investor. That excitement coupled with post-graduation celebrating was making their last hurdle a struggle.

Then the call came in.

“We got funding three days before the bar exam,” says Lewis, who took the test anyway.

The launch of Ravel put the two on a career path in the law that they had not anticipated—legal tech—something that just a few years earlier might not have been possible to pursue at Stanford. Joining the ranks of mostly lawyers and engineers who are seeing potential for the transformation of law through technology, the two founders have high hopes for Ravel, a search, analytics, and collaboration platform that shows legal research through innovative visualization technology. Currently in beta, test users at law schools, law libraries, and law firms are using it to “see” search results that show the most relevant legal cases, citations between cases, and the evolution of legal principles over time—in very cool constellations.

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