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Content Overview

On-Demand Learning for Students

Westlaw and Beyond ● Multiple Content Types ● Assignable

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Research & Writing *New*
  • Foundations
  • Litigation
  • Transactional
  • Prepare to Practice

Basic Certification

Learn the fundamental Westlaw tools and techniques for effective research:

  • Plain-language searching, filters, and Precision Search
  • Discover various types of secondary sources and how to find them
  • Westlaw's annotations to find cases, statutes, and other authorities
  • Streamline your research with shortcuts, like Copy with Reference
  • KeyCite to validate your findings and expand research.

Intermediate Certification

Amplify your research skills with Westlaw tools that will help you work more efficiently and competently:

  • Learn how to search using the Key Number System
  • Use KeyCite tools like the red-striped flag, Cited With technology, and advanced Citing References
  • Leverage statutory research tools like Notes of Decisions, Context & Analysis, and Graphical History
  • Find sources and get up to speed quickly with the Secondary Resource Index and Practical Law
  • Take advantage of Outline Builder and Quick Check to link your research to your writing assignments.

Advanced Certification

There is always something new to discover and master when it comes to Westlaw:

  • Learn how to quickly run precise searches using terms & connectors and field searches
  • Delve into Westlaw's legislative history tools to find and use regulations.
  • Uncover new developments in the law and quickly understand the procedural posture of a case.
  • Utilize Folder Analysis to discover missed issues and Graphical History to retrace your steps
  • Access court documents for useful insights on drafting, and explore legal forms for examples.

Legal Research & Writing Certification

An introduction to legal research & writing, the core skills for all future attorneys:

  • Learn the basics of legal research & writing and how they are practiced by students and attorneys
  • Explore the various types of legal analysis frameworks and writing styles
  • Understand the core components of case briefs and the briefing process
  • Recognize the need for properly formatted legal citations
  • Discover how to effectively research and draft a legal memorandum

Essential Legal Research Certification

An introduction to Westlaw and the essential elements of legal research

  • Create searches and refine search results
  • Utilize Secondary Sources
  • Learn the anatomy of cases and statutes
  • Employ annotations in cases and statutes to expand research
  • Introduce Citators and use KeyCite to validate authority

Advanced Legal Research Certification

Techniques designed to increase the depth, breadth and quality of legal research

  • Construct Terms & Connectors searches
  • Employ annotations in cases and statutes to expand research
  • Leverage the statutory indices and tables of contents
  • Research regulations and when to use them
  • Perform Legislative History research

Litigation Research Certification

Procedures and processes to create professional motions & pleadings.

  • Formulate a litigation strategy
  • Employ sample documents to improve the drafting process
  • Utilize practitioner resources to enhance litigation comprehension

Transactional Research Certification

An overview of the key tools used to construct and review legal agreements.

  • Locate checklists to aid in contract drafting
  • Find and adapt real-world examples of agreements
  • Leverage practitioner insight tools
  • Employ contract drafting tools, such as Deal Proof

Prepare to Practice Certification

Prepare students to bridge the gap between law school and practice

  • Understand the business of law, and the role research plays
  • Utilize different methods of billing and tracking time
  • Employ practice tools to avoid conflicts and missed deadlines
  • Research both time-efficiently and cost-effectively

Foundations of Legal Research

Understand the legal system and how to put a research plan into action.

  • An overview of the legal system, precedent and types of authority.
  • Build effective research plans
  • Identify gaps in legal knowledge and overcome them
  • Construct legal arguments utilizing different types of legal authority

Emily Janoski-Haehlen - Author

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Library Services, and the Law & Technology Program, University of Akron

"I have noticed a real need for foundational research information for pre-law and first-year law students but have not had time to create that type of information in my regular law classes."

Michael Whiteman - Author

Associate Dean of Library Services and Director of the Robert S. Marx Law Library, University of Cincinnati

"With so little attention paid to the foundational underpinnings of legal research, I wanted to help provide content that would help students understand why legal research is such an essential skill for attorneys."

Joe Regalia - Author

Associate Professor of Law, UNLV

"I plan on having all my students, not just my LRW students, but all students, use this course. There is no student who won't benefit from this program. 1L, 2L, 3L, or recent graduate: Everyone will get so much out of this program."

Sample Classes

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Getting Started
with Westlaw

Students will learn the workings of the American Legal System and the power of precedent types of legal authority and the basics of Westlaw.

First Semester:
Research Memo Essentials

Students will engage in the preparation and execution research plans, identify and resolve knowledge gaps, and carry out intermediate-level research on Westlaw.

Second Semester:
Advanced Techniques

Students will be challenged to apply advanced research skills, such as terms & connectors, and adjust their techniques to suit private legal practice.

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