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Law libraries vs. Lexis/Westlaw

Law libraries vs. Lexis/Westlaw
« on: April 11, 2004, 05:01:31 PM »
Hi. I'll be a 1L this fall, and I've a question for all you current law schoolers: is there anything important that you can get on paper in the law library that is unavailable through Lexis or Westlaw? I ask because I've heard so many stories about mean-spirited students deliberately misplacing books, etc. I'm sure this is actually quite rare, but it got me thinking: can one go entirely electronic? Thanks.

Re: Law libraries vs. Lexis/Westlaw
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2004, 09:06:25 PM »
Usually, (at least where I go and from my friends' stories, who go elsewhere) you aren't allowed to use Westlaw or Lexis (no passwords even given) for LRW till about 1/2 way though the year. That is so you learn how to use the books, because smaller firms won't have the cash for those services. Ask around, you might get advice that differs from mine...

Re: Law libraries vs. Lexis/Westlaw
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2004, 07:57:02 AM »
Westlaw gave us a password at orientation but you could only access parts of Westlaw until completing a training session about 6 weeks into the semester.  You could not search for anything.  However, I discovered that you could enter a citation and see the text of the case. You could Access TWEN, the classs information and discussion area of Westlaw.


There are some free services that can get you by until Westlaw gives you full access. LoisLaw, Versuslaw, and LexisOne.  I have these and other research links on my website. http://www.lawschoolafterdark.com