Essential Law School Apps – Part IV – WestlawNext

This is the fourth part of a series of posts in which I will profile the apps and services I found essential to my first year as a law student. The first semester I restricted use to a laptop. After receiving an iPad 2 for Christmas, the second semester was limited to in-class use of the iPad and free reign while at home.

“Whether you find yourself at a court bench or park bench, WestlawNext can produce results unlike any other legal platform available.”

1: Westlaw Goes ‘Next’

Learning to research effectively. That is one of the many goals all law students will have during their time in school. Effective research techniques will continue to become refined through practice. When new technologies are developed to help the research process, they are certainly welcomed.

WestlawNext is known as the “Google”-like approach to legal research.  This is because the service offers a simple, unified search bar which delivers powerful results, much like Google itself. The searches can be limited to specific jurisdictions, sources, dates, and more. A WestlawNext search is optimized for plain language as well as the classic Boolean operators. Therefore, Westlaw Classic users will feel right at home in the use of Boolean operators, while new students will become familiar with their plain language counterparts. Both are necessary and helpful in researching on WestlawNext.

Belmont College of Law – Training at the New Building

I am excited for the upcoming grand opening of the Randall and Sadie Baskin Center which will be the new home of Belmont University’s College of Law this fall. Last year was spent in a temporary building which we have quickly outgrown. The new building features three stories and a five-story parking garage.

Yesterday, I went to the school for the first time since the dedication of the building to start my training as a library circulation assistant. Below (and after the jump) you can see inside pictures. But, I also tried out a new app called 360 Panorama which will allow you to see a 360° view of the lobby! Click here to see it in full panorama view.

One of the Belmont Law court rooms.