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Legal Research Articles and Insights

Articles written by industry experts to keep you on top of the latest in legal research. Explore the collection below and find a variety of topics and articles covering industry trends, the latest enhancements on Westlaw, research tips and tricks from expert Reference Attorneys, and more.


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How to Write a Legal Brief

How to Write a Legal Brief

What are the basic elements of a legal brief? First, every standard brief starts with an introduction that articulates the party’s theory of the case and procedural history of the case.

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5 Ways to Cut Legal Research Costs

5 Ways to Cut Legal Research Costs

Billable hours are a fine balancing act, and time spent researching can easily start to accumulate, even for an experienced attorney, when encountering a new issue.

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Intro to Emerging Payments Regulation

Intro to Emerging Payments Regulation

Emerging Payments is a broad, diverse, and growing area of financial services technology. From phone apps, watches, connected cars, and home digital assistants...

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July 20, 2016

5 more ways to conduct legal research on Westlaw efficiently

I once had a professor who graded on a scale of 0-9 rather than 0-10 because he’d calculated the significant time he would spend over his career writing the "0" in "10."

August 17, 2016

Feel confident that your legal research is complete

One of the worst experiences as an attorney is realizing that a vital authority is missing from your legal argument. Your case appears weaker and incomplete as a result, and – worst of all – the omission may directly lead to...

March 8, 2017

How can you best start your legal research?

Even though it may sound simple enough to get a "good start" on your legal research, many legal professionals spend more time than they probably should on it – which, in turn, causes the entire research process to take...

June 15, 2017

How to write a legal brief

What are the basic elements of a legal brief? First, every standard brief starts with an introduction that articulates the party’s theory of the case and procedural history of the case.

March 8, 2017

Is my legal research accurate?

Some things in the life of an attorney are optional. From going solo to going paperless to going to lunch, you can choose to do it or not. However, you know that being confident in the accuracy of your legal research...

July 25, 2016

‘Must see’ legal technology to deliver better answers faster

I recently had the opportunity to interview Erik Lindberg, Senior Director for Westlaw Product Management to get the scoop on Westlaw directly from somebody on the front line of new product development.

March 1, 2017

New secondary sources experience on Westlaw

Westlaw is continuously evolving to meet practitioners' ever-changing needs, and the secondary source re¬design includes a number of enhancements to help you quickly refer to familiar resources as well as uncover other...

Febuary 13, 2017

Secondary sources on Westlaw: start stronger, finish faster

Primary sources tell you what the law is, but Secondary Sources give you the why, when, where, if and how of the law. You’ve already read the Basics of Secondary Sources; now it’s time to look more closely at how to use...

October 24, 2016

Six legal research tools to know about in 2017

Like in almost every field, digital disruption is a major game-changer for the legal industry. The demand for legal services is evolving as segmentation grows in the nature and delivery of services.

Febuary 1, 2017

The basics of secondary sources – what, why, how

Although they cannot be directly relied upon as legal authority, secondary sources remain some of the most important authorities to employ in legal arguments.

June 15, 2017

Tools to build a winning brief

Effective briefing includes identifying the issues, citing to proper authority, and crafting a legal argument. If written effectively, a brief can put a judge on your side before you ever step foot in a courtroom.

January 25, 2017

Using a legal research app can increase productivity

Like in almost every field, digital disruption is a major game-changer for the legal industry. The demand for legal services is evolving as segmentation grows in the nature and delivery of services.

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Training millennials on the culture of compliance

Generational shifts in the workforce are an inevitable consequence of the passage of time: As one generation of workers ages and retires, another enters the workforce to replace them.

Why Westlaw?

Thomson Reuters Westlaw™ draws on over 125 years of proprietary analysis of the law and editorial enhancements to deliver you the most relevant legal documents and information available faster and more accurately than anyone else. We do this by investing in our people, process, and technology.

June 22, 2017

Why you need KeyCite

There is an old saying that goes “fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” This adage is applicable to most situations in life, but it is particularly true when one goes before a court...

May 16, 2017

Advice for law students and new attorneys doing legal research online

How do I know where to begin? How do I know when I’ve exhausted my resources? Online research is part and parcel to virtually every industry, personal, and professional pursuit in some way these days, but legal research is a different animal than other kinds of online search...

December 7, 2016

Westlaw offers world-class customer support

Legal research is a significantly easier task today than it was when John B. West first started publishing case law and classifying the law with Key Numbers more than 100 years ago.

August 4, 2017

Blockchain 101

“The Blockchain” has emerged as the hot new topic in the financial services sector and other industries, often described with bursts of exuberance.

August 29, 2017

Intro to Credit and Debit Card Payments

This Guide provides an overview of legal issues relating to credit and debit card (referred to generically as “payment cards”) issuance, acceptance and processing, including both regulatory concerns and common issues in commercial negotiations

September 6, 2017

Don't Reinvent the Wheel with Your Legal Research

When you’re beginning research on a new practice area or matter, the route from start to finish can appear dauntingly long and unfamiliar. If you want to shorten and illuminate that path, learn from those who have come before.

September 8, 2017

Intro to Emerging Payments Regulation

Emerging Payments is a broad, diverse, and growing area of financial services technology. From phone apps, watches, connected cars, and home digital assistants, the payments industry keeps finding ways to make payments easier, faster, and cheaper.