Westlaw or Lexis

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Westlaw or Lexis

Postby TierForceOne » Fri Aug 26, 2016 7:48 pm

Which has been more useful in your research?

Also bonus question--- do all law schools do blind grading? As in, there isn't a name on the final exam?

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KMart

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Re: Westlaw or Lexis

Postby KMart » Fri Aug 26, 2016 7:59 pm

I do lexis to earn points and earn free stuff but I forgt most days. Otherwise I used westlaw exclusively.

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Re: Westlaw or Lexis

Postby SFSpartan » Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:06 pm

I have a strong preference for Westlaw unless I need something specific (like Nimmer on Copyright) that Westlaw doesn't have.

I'm pretty sure all schools blind grade during 1L. However, seminar/paper classes during 2L and 3L aren't going to be blind graded because it's not really feasible in those cases.

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Re: Westlaw or Lexis

Postby BVest » Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:10 pm

TierForceOne wrote:Which has been more useful in your research?

Also bonus question--- do all law schools do blind grading? As in, there isn't a name on the final exam?


While in school, use Lexis to cop those points and collect amazon gift cards. But WL is the credited response once there are no more points.

As for your bonus question, asked and answered. If you want to know with certainty about your school, how about naming the school or asking people on campus.
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Re: Westlaw or Lexis

Postby dodint » Sat Aug 27, 2016 11:12 am

Other than the Lexis case summaries I don't see any reason to use it over Westlaw. The case summaries are nice to check against your own briefs but are not essential by any means.

Given I have access to both I just use whichever suits my particular need, it's not a binary issue.

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Re: Westlaw or Lexis

Postby pancakes3 » Fri Sep 09, 2016 12:25 pm

Knew a SA who got bitched at for missing Lexis cases in her research when s/he only used Westlaw so...

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Re: Westlaw or Lexis

Postby Vursz » Fri Sep 09, 2016 12:35 pm

pancakes3 wrote:Knew a SA who got bitched at for missing Lexis cases in her research when s/he only used Westlaw so...


Yeah, during my SA this summer I happened to run across a very, very important case that was only available on Lexis (wasn't even listed on WL). I recommend using both in tandem (though I go with WL for day-to-day things).

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Re: Westlaw or Lexis

Postby JGMotorsport » Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:45 am

The thing that irks me about Lexis is that when you click the wheel in the middle of a mouse, it opens up a new tab of what you clicked. On Lexis is just reopens the same page in a new tab. When I research I open a lot of new tabs and hunt. Lexis makes it cumbersome.

I too just collect the points for free gift cards.

Bonus: Bloomberg is making a hard push on our 1Ls this year.

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