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Westlaw, now supported by Thomson Reuters is a legal research software and database, emphasizing access to a breadth of case law.Westlaw by Thomson ReutersWestlaw is used across the whole organization. It serves as a research platform, search engine, and document saving system. We can also use it to share files. It is mainly used for research purposes. I use it for three main purposes: first, to locate primary resources (cases, statutes, black letter law); second, to locate secondary resources (law review, treatises, articles); last, to find templates or forms.,Easy to use Logical, clear to follow Access to certain publishers,Some functions/features may seem less familiar if you are used to other platforms Certain resources are not the very best (and are available on other engines) Costly!,8,Great resources available Research Document templates,LexisAdvance, Bloomberg and Justia,Jabber, Tikit Carpe Diem, CanvasWestlaw Easy and GreatWestlaw does an amazing job of easily and quickly finding relevant legal literature on both small and large scale searches. Westlaw provides methods of narrowing one's search via specific criteria (for example, case law, statutes, regulations, etc.) as well as using other "key word" and other tools to allow one to narrow their search. Highly recommend.,Access to secondary sources Great ability to save documents as pdf or word. Great history function to help you pickup where you left off.,sometimes results are too broad pricing sometimes its hard to make searches relevant,9,expensive has provided answers to key questions resulting in large verdicts has provided access to information allowing one to expand their practice of law.,lexis advanceWestLaw - one tool, myriad possibilities.I first started using WestLaw while working as a contractor to a federal agency working in privacy and information security. When conducting legal research, one has to weed through sources to find unbiased information that provides the level of detail needed to finish the task. WestLaw provided me with the information I needed to be able to provide quality information to address the constantly changing needs of the agency.,I was able to immediately access information that directly related to the issues. WestLaw provided access to information that would have taken tens of hours to locate in old and often out of print sources.,I am pleased with the overall experience with the tool. One does not have to scroll through long pages or click through page after page to get to the resources you need.,10,Many tools - one interface for a reasonable price. You're able to use WestLaw as a replacement for other pricey tools - freeing up money for more important things.,LOVE Westlaw productsWe use Thomson Reuters Westlaw for securities reporting research, all of my caselaw research and to identify precedent through Practical Law for my corporate documents. I am a huge TR Westlaw fan!,Key cites for research are extremely helpful and save me a lot of time. Practical law provides all sorts of wonderful forms and industry insight when I'm drafting corporate forms. Easy to navigate and user-friendly.,The program logs me off rather quickly when I have a window open stagnant on Practical Law. As I don't believe Practical Law bills per minute of use, I wish it would stay open longer. Most of the corporate forms are still unavailable or not maintained in all 50 states. Would love to see practicioners like myself used as resources to get those updated and current.,9,Saving myself and my clients time and money Ensuring we don't overlook important caselaw,LexisNexis PCLaw and Edgar,Intapp Time, Adobe FlashWestlaw Bestlaw!I use Westlaw for legal research. I use it to search for cases to support my briefs and memoranda. I also use Westlaw to check on the legal citations that my adversaries use as support in their arguments. Westlaw is a great tool for legal research particularly its headnotes and keycites. Westlaw's headnotes are what set it apart from other legal research tools. The ease in searching through headnotes allow for quicker and more efficient research allowing me to get the job done faster. Keycites make it easier to search broad topics when I do not know exactly what I am looking for.,The headnotes allow me to quickly read through the key aspects of the case. Keycites make for quick efficient searches. The flagging system is great for making sure the case is still good law. Ability to save highlighting and comments on cases makes for organized research.,More expensive than other tools. Limited plans.,10,Positive return by making legal research more efficient. Cost more to use however saves time and allows for more work to get done.,,LexisNexis Time Matters, LexisNexis Firm Manager
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March 16, 2018

Thomson Reuters Westlaw Review: "Westlaw by Thomson Reuters"

Score 8 out of 10
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Westlaw is used across the whole organization. It serves as a research platform, search engine, and document saving system. We can also use it to share files.

It is mainly used for research purposes. I use it for three main purposes: first, to locate primary resources (cases, statutes, black letter law); second, to locate secondary resources (law review, treatises, articles); last, to find templates or forms.
  • Easy to use
  • Logical, clear to follow
  • Access to certain publishers
  • Some functions/features may seem less familiar if you are used to other platforms
  • Certain resources are not the very best (and are available on other engines)
  • Costly!
Westlaw is very well suited in any legal research setting. Particularly for law students, summer associates, interns, externs, or junior attorneys, it is probably the most familiar and available research platform and search engine available. Additionally, most other attorneys, judges, and researchers or professors are used to using Westlaw.
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February 13, 2018

Thomson Reuters Westlaw Review: "Westlaw Easy and Great"

Score 9 out of 10
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Westlaw does an amazing job of easily and quickly finding relevant legal literature on both small and large scale searches. Westlaw provides methods of narrowing one's search via specific criteria (for example, case law, statutes, regulations, etc.) as well as using other "key word" and other tools to allow one to narrow their search. Highly recommend.
  • Access to secondary sources
  • Great ability to save documents as pdf or word.
  • Great history function to help you pickup where you left off.
  • sometimes results are too broad
  • pricing
  • sometimes its hard to make searches relevant
Westlaw is not good for looking up state statutes or codes by citation. It is however good at (once finding said statute) allowing one to view all relevant case law on point with the citation. Westlaw is also good at narrowing various topics into what I believe are called Keycites, though sometimes they do not totally encompass a particular topic.
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February 12, 2018

Thomson Reuters Westlaw Review: "WestLaw - one tool, myriad possibilities."

Score 10 out of 10
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I first started using WestLaw while working as a contractor to a federal agency working in privacy and information security. When conducting legal research, one has to weed through sources to find unbiased information that provides the level of detail needed to finish the task. WestLaw provided me with the information I needed to be able to provide quality information to address the constantly changing needs of the agency.
  • I was able to immediately access information that directly related to the issues.
  • WestLaw provided access to information that would have taken tens of hours to locate in old and often out of print sources.
  • I am pleased with the overall experience with the tool. One does not have to scroll through long pages or click through page after page to get to the resources you need.
I would not hesitate to recommend WestLaw to a colleague - in fact, I have recommended the tool on numerous occasions. Access to the available tools make the cost more than economical, and it is easy to justify purchasing the tool to corporate department heads. Further, the tool allowed me to consolidate several costly subscriptions into only WestLaw, saving me and my company hundreds of dollars.
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February 12, 2018

Thomson Reuters Westlaw Review: "LOVE Westlaw products"

Score 9 out of 10
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We use Thomson Reuters Westlaw for securities reporting research, all of my caselaw research and to identify precedent through Practical Law for my corporate documents. I am a huge TR Westlaw fan!
  • Key cites for research are extremely helpful and save me a lot of time.
  • Practical law provides all sorts of wonderful forms and industry insight when I'm drafting corporate forms.
  • Easy to navigate and user-friendly.
  • The program logs me off rather quickly when I have a window open stagnant on Practical Law. As I don't believe Practical Law bills per minute of use, I wish it would stay open longer.
  • Most of the corporate forms are still unavailable or not maintained in all 50 states. Would love to see practicioners like myself used as resources to get those updated and current.
Great for corporate forms and precedent; great (cheaper) alternative for searching securities filings and key cites are incredibly helpful for making case law research more efficient.
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May 21, 2018

Thomson Reuters Westlaw Review: "Westlaw Bestlaw!"

Score 10 out of 10
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I use Westlaw for legal research. I use it to search for cases to support my briefs and memoranda. I also use Westlaw to check on the legal citations that my adversaries use as support in their arguments. Westlaw is a great tool for legal research particularly its headnotes and keycites. Westlaw's headnotes are what set it apart from other legal research tools. The ease in searching through headnotes allow for quicker and more efficient research allowing me to get the job done faster. Keycites make it easier to search broad topics when I do not know exactly what I am looking for.
  • The headnotes allow me to quickly read through the key aspects of the case.
  • Keycites make for quick efficient searches.
  • The flagging system is great for making sure the case is still good law.
  • Ability to save highlighting and comments on cases makes for organized research.
  • More expensive than other tools.
  • Limited plans.
Best suited for legal research. Also helpful when looking for statutes, or other regulations. When looking up research on Westlaw, I know that it is accurate. It is less appropriate perhaps in a smaller firm where the cost exceeds it benefits.
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February 13, 2018

Thomson Reuters Westlaw Review: "WestLaw has Superior Secondary Sources for the Immigration Lawyer"

Score 5 out of 10
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I use WestLaw as one of two legal research platforms. I have used WestLaw since law school and have never looked back. I only practice immigration law, so the most important thing for me are secondary sources and periodicals so I can stay up-to-date. WestLaw had superior content to Lexis when I decided to sign a contract. I need to get answers to my procedural and substantive questions fast and WestLaw helps me do that quickly and efficiently.
  • Immigration content
  • Navigation is fairly intuitive better UI than Lexis
  • Overpriced
  • Doesn't link statutes the way that immigration lawyers cite them
  • User interface could be better
WestLaw and/or Lexis Nexis are necessary for the sophisticated practitioner. Unfortunately, there aren't viable alternatives for case law research and legal research platforms. WestLaw has superior secondary sources for the immigration lawyer, so I would recommend it for that. It's not for the budge conscious, but it is what it is until the legal research duopoly is disrupted.
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