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Special Westlaw Practice Ready News for Law Students Graduating in May 2017

Judith Kaul  /  Monday, May 1, 2017  /  Categories: Just in Case, Databases and Subscription Resources  /  Rate this article:
In addition to Law Day, we are also celebrating the start of our new Westlaw Practice Ready subscription! This is the day that this new version of Westlaw goes live here at CWRU School of Law!  Besides the fabulous drafting and experiential legal tools; and new scholarly tools such as Westlaw China, Rise of American Law and Tribal Law,  Westlaw now provides a new access plan for our students graduating in May.  Graduating Case law students will have 18-months of access to Westlaw after Commencement.  Current 3Ls should check their mail folders for their Memorandum from our Westlaw Trainer, Sam BerbanoIt explains what our May graduates need to do to enjoy their 18-months of free of access to the new Westlaw Practice Ready subscription. It also announces that it includes the ability to use your access for commercial purposes.  CWRU Law is unique this year among northeast Ohio law schools this year in making this extended use possible for our graduating students.  We at the Law Library are pleased we can make this available to you and hope you will take full advantage if it to assist your developing career. 

Here is what graduating students have access to as of today, May 1, 2017:

Thomson Reuters Westlaw – the legal research platform you know now, with access to new specialty content: Rise of American Law, Westlaw China, Tribal Law and expanded international materials.

Practical Law- “straight-forward guidance materials” such as sample documents, Practice Notes, standard documents, forms, clauses, checklists, and toolkits. These cover major practice areas such as Commercial Transactions; Corporate and M & A; Estate Planning; International Arbitration; and Litigation. Checklists provide entries such as “Copyright License Checklist,” “Patent Litigation: Answering the Complaint Checklist,” and “Choosing an Entity Comparison Chart (OH). These include many more practice areas and topics.

Thomson Reuters Practice Point- expert resources organized by task and practice area.  When you choose a subject area, you are first taken to Daily Updates and Practitioners Insights Analysis related to the topic.

Drafting Assistant Essential – a cloud-based tool that introduces document drafting and allows updating documents with KeyCite flags, hyperlink citations, verifies proper citation format and builds tables of authorities.

The West LegalEdcenter allows recent graduates to access online professional development courses to expand legal knowledge and stay current on the legal requirements for the business of law.

State Q&A Comparison Tool, and Country Q&A Comparison Tool:  Compare "Specific Topics" across multiple states or countries. Select one of the available topics. Select the questions you are concerned about, then select jurisdictions and compare! An example topic would be “Venture Capital” and results will indicate related legislation, laws, practices and developments.

Feel free to use the online user guides and product links that are available when you log in to your Westlaw account.  They will appear under the header Practice Ready Package. The letter from our Westlaw rep. includes links to the YouTube channel providing training. Graduating students should also be aware that you entitled to use the Reference Attorneys as part of your 18-month access. 1-800-REF-ATTY, or the Live Chat window at the bottom of your Westlaw Screen. 

We hope that all graduating students will take advantage of this new subscription that the Law School has made available for you for the next 18 months.


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