Thursday, February 11, 2010

When the Legal Writing Prof Blog talks, Westlaw listens.

While extremely doubtful, I'd still like to believe it's true anyway  

The other day I complained on this blog that I don't yet have an academic pass for WestlawNext - the new legal research platform from West that's been five years in the making.  After my comment got picked up by, West issued a statement (ok, so it was speaking to law librarians and not me) explaining that academic passes for WestlawNext will be forthcoming soon. 

Here's a copy of West's open letter to legal writing professors law librarians courtesy of the Law Librarian Blog:

This month marks the official launch of WestlawNext. This new version of Westlaw has been in the making for several years and was developed in large part through research and collaboration with our customers. Many academic law librarians provided feedback as part of the development process, and their input was instrumental in shaping our product and launch strategies.
Our plan is to offer law schools a phased rollout of trial passwords, beginning with librarians and faculty this spring. In addition to preview events in a variety of cities throughout the United States, we also will offer customized in-school presentations for librarians and faculty. In the coming weeks and months, your Academic Account Manager will schedule these events and distribute trial passwords.

We're now finalizing plans for launching WestlawNext to law students, with possible introduction as early as the Fall 2010 semester.

WestlawNext for law school subscribers will be included as part of your current Westlaw subscription agreement. There will not be an incremental charge to access WestlawNext.

We are pleased to work with law school librarians and faculty to evaluate WestlawNext, and we look forward to your feedback. We'll be in touch soon; until then, please contact your Westlaw representative with any questions you may have.

Anne Ellis
Senior Director, Librarian Relations
Thomson Reuters

A big hat tip to the Law Librarian Blog for breaking the news.

I am the scholarship dude.


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