A couple of years ago, I wrote a short guide to help other recent law school grads learn about free resources available to supplement costly legal research platforms we so easily took for granted during law school. Now, it’s time to expand upon the resources I previously touched on and share with you some additional tools I’ve found!…
When I think back to law school, there isn’t an extremely long list of things I miss. However, one benefit of being a law student definitely included having free, unlimited access to not just one, but many online legal research platforms: Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg, to name a few. Now that I’ve been out of school…
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.