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Westlaw plans for government

In a legal climate where Government Attorneys are asked to do more with less, working smarter, faster, and with total confidence you have the information you need is no longer a goal – it’s a necessity.

Westlaw – now with vastly simplified plan offerings – provides the industry’s preferred, best-in-class legal research tools, and the best is getting better!

Introducing Westlaw Edge, an integration of Thomson Reuters exclusive attorney-edited content with leading AI technologies, giving you faster answers and increased confidence, streamlining your approach to legal research.

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Westlaw Core

Westlaw Core + Edge

Cases & Statutes i

The foundation for any legal research task.

Regulations i

Comprehensive declarations issued by departments and agencies.

Legislative Materials i

State and local to federal legislation information.

Graphical legislative history i

Review prior text, historical documents, and even proposed legislative changes.

Bill and regulation tracking i

Track federal legislation throughout the legislative process.

Administrative materials i

An extensive collection of state and federal administrative rulings.

Statute and regulation versioning i

The ability to view past versions of statutes and regulations.

Streamlined interface i

Improved user experience, stemming from months of customer interactions and feedback.

Integrated legal analytics i

In-depth insights on judges, courts, law firms, opposing counsel, and more.

Sophisticated question answering i

Real language searching leads to answers for thousands of legal questions.

Enhanced search capabilities i

Predictive search results and enhanced question answering, powered by state-of-the-art AI.

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Add-on collections

Select from a library of offerings to ensure that your agency has access to all
of the content needed to navigate your legal issues.

Jump to:     Analytical Plus     Litigation     Public Records     Legal Know-How     Document Drafting

Analytical Plus

Connects you to thousands of high-value titles in all major practice areas. Access practice-focused analysis, guidance, treaties, forms, reporters, and more.

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American Law Reports (ALR)

This full collection delivers an objective, in-depth analysis of your specific legal issue, together with a complete list of every case that discusses it.

American Jurisprudence
(Am Jur)

Quickly find authoritative answers to an aspect of civil, criminal, substantive, and procedural law.

Corpis Juris Secundum

A comprehensive legal encyclopedia covering state and federal legal topics from A to Z that are cited and quoted as authority in courtrooms across the U.S.

Federal Treatises

Authoritative practice resources covering a wide range of federal practices such as admiralty law, bankruptcy, business and commercial law, criminal law, and much more.

Causes of Action

Articles on virtually every type of civil action that provide detailed legal analysis.


Search a library of more than 600,000 up-to-date national and state-specific forms.

State analytical materials

State practice guides and analytical materials give quick and practical guidance on a range of state-specific practice areas.

Law reviews and journals

Dive deeper into a specific issue with a collection of the most respected law reviews and bar journals.


Stay current with newspapers, magazines, journals, newsletters, television transcripts, and more.


Court rules collected in one convenient online documents – along with supporting information, analysis, and practice tips.

Topical analytical titles

Expert content, including guidance and forms for a wide variety of government practice areas.


From preliminary case evaluation all the way through appeals, this package provides litigators with the most comprehensive set of litigation tools and resources available online.

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Includes appellate court briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and all 50 state courts.

Pleadings, Motions &

Access actual filed civil and criminal court filings from select state trial courts, U.S. district courts, and federal bankruptcy courts.

Trial Court Orders

View a judge's decision on a motion and uncover judicial propensities and trends, so you can develop a winning strategy.

Expert Materials

Thousands of court-filed résumés, more than 500,000 testimonial documents, affidavits, cases, and jury verdicts.

Jury Verdicts

Access a uniform presentation of facts, including case type, type of liability, list of attorneys and experts involved, and more.

Case Evaluator

Evaluate cases, review court documents, investigate experts, and more – all in a single document.


Improve your preparation with a collection of highly sought-after arbitration content.

Dockets (without tracks)

Information on active and inactive civil and criminal cases filed in state courts, U.S. Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, district courts, and bankruptcy courts.


Extensive background information on attorneys, judges, and expert witnesses from across the country.

Public records

Find more than just a person or business with this collection. You'll also find assets, relationships, and other information to help connect the dots and paint the full picture.


Access relevant, real-time property, criminal, and public records with seamless Westlaw integration to make critical connections. Filtering tools help you narrow your results quickly while relevancy rankings lift the most pertinent information to the top. Reveal vital information through graphical displays, and gain deep access to social networks, business and corporate data blogs, chat rooms, and other websites – all in one view.

Company Investigator

Provides the unique ability to access over 140 million public and private company entities, their criminal records, dockets and regulatory filings, and leverage a wide variety of relevant content to build customizable reports and graphical "family" trees, and create alerts.

Legal know-how

Practical Law from Thomson Reuters provides legal know-how that gives government attorneys a better starting point.

Practice Notes

Straightforward guidance and clear explanations of current law and practice.

Standard documents/

Up-to-date precedents that reflect current law and practice with drafting and negotiating guidance.


Make sure you've covered all the bases with checklists, timelines, and flowcharts.


Continuously maintained resources for core areas of legal risk and compliance.

State and international Q&A

Review and compare law across multiple jurisdictions.


Current information on relevant changes in the law, summarized and reviewed for relevancy and importance.

Document drafting

Everything you need to draft, proofread documents, and mitigate the risk of errors.

Pre-formatted legal
document templates

Jump-start the drafting process by accessing templates and sample documents on Westlaw.

Document review

Thoroughly proofread transactional documents, analyze their content, and correct any potential problems.

Monitor and update law

Automatically monitor and update the good-law status of your citations as you draft.

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from your documents

Initiate a Westlaw search from the convenience of your word processor.

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Award-winning legal research

Year after year, Westlaw is voted Best Online Legal Research Service by industry professionals. In fact, Westlaw has been named the most preferred online legal research service for 13 years running, as recognized by the ABA.

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