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Prepare To Practice - Summer 2024: Westlaw

Quick Links to resources for law students to brush up on research skills.
Last Updated: Apr 1, 2024 4:26 PM

Contents-Westlaw Edge

  • Vendor Policy for Summer Access
  • Westlaw Law School Portal
  • Certification Knowledge Areas
  • Print Guides & Videos
  • More Videos
  • Practical Law
  • Help

Vendor Policy for Summer Access


Summer Access Details – For Returning Students:
Students may use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, over the summer for non-commercial research. You can turn to these resources to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills, but you cannot use them in situations where you are billing a client. Examples of permissible uses for your academic password include the following:

  • Summer coursework
  • Research assistant assignments
  • Law Review or Journal research
  • Moot Court research
  • Non-Profit work
  • Clinical work
  • Externship sponsored by the school

 You do not have to do anything to gain access to these tools over the summer. If you have any questions, please contact your Thomson Reuters Academic Account Manager, Estee Waxman (

Westlaw Grad Elite Details – For Graduating Students:
Graduating Students
Graduates have access to Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for six-months after graduation. Your “ Grad Elite” access gives you 60-hours of usage on these products per month to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills. While you cannot use it in situations where you are billing a client, Thomson Reuters encourages you to use these tools to build your knowledge of the law and prepare for your bar exam.

1) Go to; Log in; Use the drop-down menu by your name to go to Grad Elite Status
2) Or, Click on this link for GradElite

IMPORTANT: SIGN OUT of Westlaw when research is complete in order to make the best use of the 60-hour per month allotment. DO NOT simply close the browser, because it can take up to 90 minutes to be signed off automatically. There is NO way to extend the 60-hour limit.

Westlaw Resources


          Westlaw Prepare to Practice 2022 YouTube video (20 min. 13 sec.)
                           --Westlaw Contracts in the real world
                           --Efficiency Tips
                           --Tools & Legal Tech 4 Success

Under the tab "On-Demand Learning," click on "Certifications."
       Basic Certification
       Intermediate Certification
       Advanced  Certification
       Foundations of Effective Legal Research
       Prepare to Practice Certification
       Transactional Law Certification
       Litigation Research Certification



Westlaw Edge Training & Support

Getting Started
How to create your username and password
How to sign on and start researching
How to find what content is included in my plan
Quick tips for getting started

Case Law Research
How to retrieve and search for cases
How to locate additional related authority
How to use the Key Number System
How to search with Boolean Terms and Connectors
How to check the status of a case using KeyCite

Statutory Research
How to research statutes
How to research judicial interpretation of a statute
How to create a survey across jurisdictions
How to compare two versions of a statute
How to check the status of a statute using KeyCite

Regulatory Research
How to research regulations
How to find regulations by topic
How to research judicial interpretation of a regulation
How to compare two versions of a regulation
How to check the status of a regulation using KeyCite

Verifying Your Citations
How to ensure I’m citing good law
How to identify implicitly invalidated case law
How to refresh a past winning argument
How to analyze my opposing counsel’s briefs and motions

Finding Secondary Sources
Research using law reviews, treatises, and journals
Browse the Secondary Sources Library
Navigate publications to find relevant content
Save favorite secondary sources
Compare jury instructions from two different jurisdictions

Litigation Strategy
Better set and manage client expectations
Understand an assigned judge
Find case precedent for a particular judge
Research opposing counsel
Assess the value of a case
Develop motion strategy using data-driven insights
Identify additional relevant authority
Compare a document against previously filed briefs and motions
Review documents before the court for accuracy
Research expert witnesses
Using briefs, trial court documents and trial court orders
Find outside or local counsel

Tools for the transactional attorney
Conduct research on public and private companies
Search corporate filings and agreements
Using Business Law Center resources
Create customized corporate filing and agreement searches
Using treatises and practice guides
Find and use forms
Find and search practice area pages

Public Records
Conduct a public records search on a person
Conduct a business records search
Conduct research on public and private companies
Quick tips for public records
Run a PeopleMap report
Customize your PeopleMap or Company Investigator report
Find subsidiaries, divisions, and branches of corporations
Search individual public records
Search social media and web presence of a person
Understanding public records resources

Collaboration Tools
How to use folders to organize and share my research
How to use annotation and highlighting tools
How to create a research report
How to print, email, and share research

Customize your Experience
How to bookmark my go-to resources
How to create a custom page
How to create an alert

Westlaw Edge Exclusives
Understanding Quick Check
Understanding Litigation Analytics
Understanding KeyCite Overruling Risk
Understanding WestSearch Plus
Understanding Statutes Compare and Regulations Compare
Quick tips for using Westlaw Edge


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    Labor and employment
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  • Estee Waxman, UB's Westlaw Representative
    •  Email:
  • Contact a Reference Attorney
    • Law students call 1-800-850-WEST (1-800-850-9378)