WESTLAW NEXT: New Associates Gain Confidence, Efficiencies

December 16, 2011

In all likelihood, most of us remember how it feels to start a new job or career right after school.

Having that “unsure” feeling of how to get started or how to complete the work can take a while to overcome.

If you are a new associate, you might be working with a partner who will want to know, “What’s a quick answer to this question? What are the key factors?”

Not only do you want to get an answer back to the partner quickly, who in turn is going to respond to the client, but you also want to be make sure you are getting to the answer efficiently and cost-effectively.

Some of you may be in that position now.

Do you ever wish that there was something that could help you feel confident in the tasks that you are assigned?

Something that helps you get up and running and contributing right away?

According to Katy O’Leary, a litigation associate at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP “WestlawNext…makes it that much easier to be given a research assignment, hop online, get it done, and present it to the partner and be confident that what you’re presenting is accurate. The way it’s set up is essentially the way you’re supposed to do legal research.”

She adds that what “contributes to that feeling is the ability to see all the different resources available – from cases to pleadings, to statutes, to journal articles – right off the bat. You can see what’s there and peruse each of the resources to make sure you haven’t missed anything in your research.”

Watch the video below to hear more about what Katy has to say about WestlawNext and how it has made her more efficient and confident in her legal research.