Fall Training: Lexis, Westlaw & Bloomberg Law

Representatives from the three major legal research platforms are offering training sessions for W&L Law students in the upcoming weeks. All 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls are welcome to attend.

All training sessions will all be virtual this semester, via WebEx or Zoom. Each is scheduled for 30 minutes. Please review the times and topics below and follow the links to register.

We in the Law Library urge you to take every opportunity to learn about these valuable tools. Please contact us at LawRef@wlu.edu with any questions or concerns.


Mon. 9/7 – 1-1:30 p.m. – Lexis: Intro to Lexis+ & Secondary Sources (Zoom link)
Wed. 9/9 – 12-12:30 p.m. – Bloomberg Law: Intro to Bloomberg Law (Register link)
Fri. 9/11 – 1:30-2 p.m. – Lexis: Intro to Lexis+ & Secondary Sources (Zoom link)

Mon. 9/14 – 1-1:30 p.m. – Lexis: Statutes & Judicial Opinions (Zoom link)
Wed. 9/16 – 12-12:30 p.m. – Lexis: Statutes & Judicial Opinions (Zoom link)
Fri. 9/18 – 1:30-2 p.m. – Bloomberg Law: Intro to Bloomberg Law (Register link)

Mon. 9/21 – 1-1:30 p.m. – Westlaw: Secondary Materials & Statute Research (Register link)
Wed. 9/23 – 12-12:30 p.m. – Lexis: Shepard’s Citator (Zoom link)
Fri. 9/25 – 1:30-2 p.m. – Westlaw: Case Law Research & KeyCite Citator (Register link)

Mon. 9/28 – 1-1:30 p.m. – Lexis: Advanced Searching (Zoom link)
Wed. 9/30 – 12-12:30 p.m. – Lexis: Advanced Searching (Zoom link)
Fri. 10/2 – 1:30-2 p.m. – Lexis: Advanced Searching (Zoom link)

#SummerStrategy Webinar: Dockets & Legal News / Legal Research in Practice – June 8

All 2020 W&L Law grads, rising 3Ls, and 2Ls are welcome to attend a webinar co-hosted by the Law Library and Office of Career Strategy, from 4 to 5pm EDT on Monday, June 8.

Helpful topics for your summer work will include dockets, legal news resources, and “real world” legal research with expert practitioner panelists.

See details below. Email ldamelio@wlu.edu for the info to join via Zoom.

Hope to see you there!

Prepare to Practice Webinars & Online Training: Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law


In light of current events, Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg Law are each offering an expanded range of online “Prepare to Practice” programs this spring. Below is an outline of upcoming virtual trainings and live webinars from these three major legal research platforms, designed to help get you ready for summer positions and post-graduation jobs.

Westlaw

Westlaw will host a live national webinar on Prepare To Practice/Cost Effective Research on Tuesday, March 24 at 12:00pm EDT, and again on Thursday, April 2 at 1:00pm EDT. Visit www.lawschool.tr.com to register. The program description from Westlaw:

Academic and Law Firm specialists will provide you with an awareness of Westlaw – the tools, resources and content that help you to be a successful and productive summer associate. This 45 minute webinar will focus Practical Law, efficiency tips and Westlaw in the law firm. Registered attendees are eligible to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

Bloomberg Law

A series of upcoming live webinars on a range of topics will help students get the most out of the Bloomberg Law platform. All webinars begin at 2:00pm EDT on the specified day and will last 30 minutes. Click on the webinar titles below to register.

  1. Tuesday, March 24 – Legal News & Current Awareness
    • Learn how practicing attorneys stay ahead of new legal developments by reading special legal news publications, including top sources such as US Law Week.
  2. Thursday, March 26 – Searching News
    • Stay on top of the news using Bloomberg Law’s tools to easily browse and search news reports.
  3. Tuesday, March 31 – Advanced News Sources
    • Explore key resources available only to Bloomberg Law customers to stay on the leading edge of legal, business, and government news.
  4. Thursday, April 2 – Business Intelligence Center
    • Use the Bloomberg Law Business Intelligence Center to keep track of news, current awareness, client research, docket tracks, and developing case law.

LexisNexis

Lexis offers a multi-faceted Prepare to Practice online program, focusing on research and other practical skills for summer success. Students who complete the requirements also earn a Practice-Ready Certification to show value to employers.

Visit the LexisNexis Prepare to Practice website to discover training and certification opportunities you can complete at your own pace, including guided modules, on-demand video tutorials, and weekly tips on researching and drafting.

Lexis will also host a nationwide webinar series during the month of April. Click on the program titles to register.

  1. Thursday, April 2 at 4:30pm EDT – Litigation: Problem Solving vs. Researching
    • Are you ready to work with a litigator? They’re a different breed who uses a variety of sources and tools to problem solves issues before, during and after trial. This 30-minute webinar walks you through a typical litigation assignment and the tools litigators use to solve problems for their clients.
  2. Thursday, April 9 at 4:30pm EDT – Working at the Federal Government
    • Whether you’re planning to work for a federal judge, agency, or the DOJ, it’s best to know what to expect. This 60-minute webinar in 20-minute segments walks you through a typical day in the life of three of the most popular government lawyer positions:
      • U.S. Courts: 4:30–4:50pm
      • U.S. Department of Justice: 4:50–5:10pm
      • Federal Agencies: 5:10–5:30pm
  3. Thursday, April 16 at 4:30pm EDT – Ethics of Open Web Searching
    • Have you considered the risks of open web research? You probably don’t even think about it. Everyone starts their research on the open internet. What could go wrong in the practice of law? This 30-minute webinar explores the benefits and risks of performing factual and legal research on the open web.

Spring Into Summer Success Legal Research Certification – Wed. 3/18

Sign up today for W&L Law Library’s Spring Into Summer Success Legal Research Certification, Wednesday, March 18, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm in Classroom B. Open to all 1L, 2L, and 3Ls – dinner provided.

Learn expert tips and strategies from librarians and lawyers to help you succeed this summer and beyond. Sessions from the W&L Law Legal Research faculty will introduce research methods and resources useful for firm, court, public interest, and government jobs, including specialized practice materials, news and awareness, and litigation and transactional resources.

The program includes a panel discussion with insights on legal research and professional success from experienced legal practitioners:

  • Lauren Bohdan ’14L, Associate, Timberlake, Smith, Thomas & Moses, P.C.
  • Suzanne Corriell, Circuit Librarian, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Hon. Anita Filson ’86L, Judge (Ret.), 25th Judicial District of Virginia
  • Noelle Quam ’15L, Associate, Timberlake, Smith, Thomas & Moses, P.C.

Attendees will earn a Certificate in Legal Research to add to your credentials and show value to employers.

Visit go.wlu.edu/success to register by Friday, March 13.

LexisNexis Training – Spring 2020

W&L’s Lexis representative Sabrina Chester ’13L will offer training sessions on the following topics and dates this semester (all Thursdays):

  • Appellate Brief Research – 1/30
  • Shepard’s Citator – 2/6
  • Public Records & Interview Prep – 3/12
  • Prepare to Practice – 4/9

Time and location is 12:30–1:00 in Classroom B for all sessions, and lunch will be provided. Open to all students, staff, and faculty.

Legal Research Certification 2019 Materials Now Online

If you weren’t able to make it to the event on 3/16 (the best attended ever!), or if you were there but want a refresher, you can review materials from the program online at https://libguides.wlu.edu/summersuccess2019.

There you’ll find video recordings of each of the day’s presentations and panel discussions, including the presenters’ slides via Tegrity. Also included are links to handouts and lesson plans, and to many of the online resources that were discussed in the sessions on dockets, practice materials, and more.

Please note that the guide is password protected in order to restrict access to the W&L Law community. Law students may find the password here (alphabetically under Spring Into Summer Success).

We hope you’ll find the online guide helpful, both as you’re preparing for your job now and when you’re working this summer. Please remember that your librarians are here and happy to help as we’re able. You may reach out to any of us individually or at our general reference email address, LawRef@wlu.edu.

Spring Into Summer Success: Legal Research Certification – Sat. 3/16

Sign up today to attend W&L Law Library’s Spring Into Summer Success Legal Research Certification, Saturday, March 16, from 9:00am to 1:00pm in Classroom A. Open to all 1L, 2L, and 3Ls – lunch provided.

You’ll learn expert tips and strategies from librarians and lawyers to help you succeed this summer and beyond. Instructional sessions taught by our W&L Law librarians will cover legal research methods and resources useful for firm, court, public interest, and government jobs, including specialized practice materials, news and awareness, litigation and transactional resources, and more. Efficient use of Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law is also a focus.

The program includes panel discussions and presentations with insights on legal research and professional success from experienced practitioners and instructors:

  • Ian Huyett ’18L, Judicial Law Clerk, Augusta Co. Circuit Court
  • Sills O’Keefe ’18L, Mann Vita & Elrod LLC
  • Lorna Port ’14L, Ass’t Commonwealth’s Attorney, Augusta Co.
  • Profs. Christensen, Mart-Rice & Runge, W&L Law Library
  • Jesse Butler, Bloomberg BNA
  • Sabrina Chester ’13L, LexisNexis
  • Denise Stewart, Westlaw/Thomson Reuters

All attendees will earn a Certificate in Legal Research to add to your credentials and show value to employers.

Please email Prof. Andrew Christensen at christensena@wlu.edu to reserve your place.

CALI: Online Tutorials on 40+ Law Subjects

The Law Library is glad to announce a new full-access trial of CALI, the premier online platform for interactive legal-subject tutorials.

CALI, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, was founded in 1982 by the University of Minnesota and Harvard law schools. With over 1,000 lessons spanning 40+ topics of doctrinal law and practice-oriented skills, CALI lessons are created and used by law professors nationwide to provide self-directed yet rigorous guidance for students, both as assigned course materials and as extracurricular supplements. Popular for 1L and upper-class elective subjects, CALI lessons can also provide valuable reviews of core concepts for 3Ls preparing for the bar exam.

All W&L Law students and faculty have full access to all CALI lessons through June 30, 2019. Click here for the Authorization Code and sign up for your free account today.

The Library welcomes your feedback on this resource and will consider it in determining whether to continue with CALI as a paid subscription. Please direct your questions or comments to any of us in person or to LawRef@wlu.edu. We are happy to provide assistance in the use of the platform as well.

Learn About New Westlaw Edge – Thu. 1/24


It’s not just Westlaw’s color that changed over winter break! Come explore the new features available on Westlaw Edge, including KeyCite Overruling Risk, Statutes/Regulations Compare, and Litigation Analytics.

Special 30-minute sessions on Thursday, January 24 in the Mock Trial Courtroom (339):

Space is limited – click on any of the times above to sign up!