Law Students Guide to Adding Favorites to WestlawNext

June 13, 2013

law_school1There are many tools on WestlawNext designed to make your research faster and more efficient in law school and as a summer associate or intern. One of these tools is Favorites.

Favorites place on your WestlawNext home page the types of content you use most frequently or that are necessary for your success in law school or as a summer associate. Favorites are one click away on the WestlawNext home page. When you can pull the Rules of Civil Procedure or find an answer in state specific secondary source quickly you will save time in law school and, later, be more efficient for your clients.

How to Add a Favorite

First start typing the name of the content you are looking for in the search box – I will start with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. As you type you will get a drop-down menu that says “Looking for this?” with applicable links to relevant content.

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Clicking on the link will take you to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure’s table of contents. (If the content set you select does not have a table of contents you will be taken to a page with the most recent additions to the content set.)

After you select the content you would like to search in, there will be a gray star to the right of the title. When you scroll over the star with your mouse it turns yellow. To the right of the star it will say “Add to Favorites” – select this link.

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A window will appear that allows you to choose the group you want to save the Favorite too.. Select the white box to the left of “My Favorites” and click “Save.”

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When you return to the home page, your favorites will be displayed on the right hand side with a link to the newly added content.

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The Favorites Every Law Student Should Have

While this is a subjective list from my own personal experience in law school, having quick access to these content sets can save you a lot of time and energy during your studies:

1)      Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

2)      Uniform Commercial Code

3)      Federal Rules of Evidence

4)      American Jurisprudence

5)      Black’s Law Dictionary

6)      United States Code Annotated

7)      Your state’s applicable statutes, for instance the Minnesota Statutes Annotated

8)      If your state has a practice guide or other state specific secondary source, for instance the Minnesota Practice Series

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