March 2, 2012
What’s next? Your firm has a small technical support team–perhaps none at all–and it’s hard to find open training time and space that larger law firms enjoy for implementing a new legal research system. Here’s a checklist to help you get a head start on your new legal research platform:
- Download and share a start-up guide.
- Bookmark the Small Law Firm Resource Center, where you’ll have easy access to the free technical, training and research support that your legal business needs. Also check out gneeral learning & support at WestlawNext.com.
- Difficult as it seems, block some training time on your calendar (access the training schedule through the link, or get to it from the Small Law Resource Center that you just bookmarked above). One hour of training can save you many hours of time as you start your research. Options for small law firms let you select a live, personal training, a live online group webinar, a recorded webinar, or a modular self-paced program.
- Take it for a spin. After training, try out the basics such as:
- Browse the content and tools in the tabs on your home screen. You’ll access content by jurisdiction, practice area or title (rather than memorizing database IDs).
- Search something! Anything. See the results of WestSearch technology in action.
- Click a key number to explore the West Key Number System on WestlawNext.
- Make a note on a document for future reference, viewable from a folder or a search results list.
- Use WestlawNext integrated with your other Westlaw tools, like Westlaw Drafting Assistant, West Case Notebook and others. Integration points are automatically installed in these other products, so try out the improved functions like searching WestlawNext from within Microsoft Word or sending a case from WestlawNext into West Case Notebook.