Westlaw Classic features

The trusted tool for researchers in the legal industry

Learn about the content and features that have made Westlaw Classic the most reliable legal research platform for generations

Advanced legal technology & tools

Westlaw provides you with the most up-to-date content and leading technology for your research


The legal search engine powering Westlaw, WestSearch leverages unique editorial content to identify highly relevant materials for the legal concept searched. Find accurate answers faster and complete your research with confidence.

Research Recommendations

Ensures accurate and thorough research by presenting legal-issue patterns in your document interactions, and by finding additional relevant documents and Key Numbers recommended from editorial tools and common usage patterns.


Helps you zero in on related search information by retrieving background history on attorneys, judges, experts, companies, and selects the most commonly cited statutes. 

Folder Analysis

Ensures you’re considering every issue by identifying legal issues present through automatic analysis of cases in a folder.

Shared notes and folders

Provides an easy way to organize, manage, and share your research, and facilitates easy collaboration with your colleagues.

Primary law sources

Westlaw offers the most comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date collection of legal information


Exclusive access to the National Reporter System, and the most current caselaw content, as well as additional Federal and State Court opinions that have not been published in a print reporter series.

Statutes and Regulations

Westlaw provides full coverage of statutes and regulations covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and other territories, as well as the most comprehensive Annotated CFR and exclusive access to the USCA. No other service offers a statute index in all 50 states, and the District of Columbia.

Court Rules

Court Rules are available for both State and Federal Courts.

Administrative decisions & guidance

State and federal issued administrative decisions and guidance as well as select Federal agency staff letters and opinions.

Bills and session laws

Enacted bills and joint resolutions of Congress.

Coverage is based on the jurisdictions in your subscription.

Litigation materials

Access the most comprehensive online collection of litigation materials to help you at every step of the litigation process

Trial court documents

Includes pleadings, motions, and memoranda.


Available for all U.S. District Courts and for many state courts.

State and Federal appellate briefs

Trial court orders, expert testimony, and more.

Legislative content

Get clarity on ambiguous language and better understand legislative intent with legislative history content

Legislative history

Includes congressional committee reports, the Congressional Record, bill drafts, transcripts of legislative hearings, executive orders, and other documents. 

Jury Instructions

Form or pattern jury charges approved by a state bar association or similar group.

Coverage is based on the jurisdictions in your subscription.

Secondary sources

Access over 4,000 of the most respected resources in the industry

Top analytical resources

Access an unparalleled collection with resources such as Wright & Miller Federal Practice and Procedure, C.J.S. (Corpus Juris Secundum), COA (Causes of Action), Am Jur Library (American Jurisprudence Library) – complete collection, and Restatement of the Law – complete collection.

ALR (American Law Reports)

No other legal research provider offers the complete ALR series, which is one of the leading research and case-finding tools.

Text and treatises

National, state, and topic-based texts and treatises available on a variety of subjects.

State and federal practice series & guides

Authoritative analytical law series covering many topics. Procedural guides include key citations to statutes, rules, cases, forms, and “how-to” practice pointers.

Law reviews & journals

Stay current with selected law reviews and bar journals. Content varies based on your subscription.

Key Rules

Outlines of the applicable rules of practice, timing requirements, filing and service requirements, hearing information, checklists, and other pertinent documents related to pleadings, motions, requests, notices, and applications in selected courts.

Additional content

Stay up-to-date with global and local news plus trade and business publications

State Forms and Form Finder

Text forms, fillable PDF forms, clauses, and checklists from numerous form sets, including legal and business, transactional, litigation, and pleading and practice forms.

News sources

Global and local news plus trade and business publications, blogs, and wires. This content encompasses business, economic, political, and industry topics and covers all regions of the world.

Content and coverage varies based on your subscription.

Human expertise

Behind the technology there is human expertise providing you with time-saving guidance


Our team of bar-admitted attorney-editors analyze, categorize, and summarize the law, creating editorial enhancements to help you research more efficiently – and with greater accuracy.

Reference Attorneys

The industry’s premier team of legal research support professionals are available 24/7 to keep your research moving forward. Every Reference Attorney is a bar-admitted legal research expert with a deep understanding of our solutions.

Exclusive editorial enhancements

Find accurate answers faster with editorial material that helps you understand the law

The West Key Number System

Thomson Reuters Innovation

The master classification system of U.S. caselaw for over 100 years helps you to easily find and move between relevant cases addressing a specific point of law in any jurisdiction.


Rely on summaries of specific points of law addressed in a particular case, written by our attorney-editors to quickly review which points of law were addressed by the court and how it ruled. Applicable headnotes are always listed at the top of a case to easily identify ones that match your facts and the desired outcome. 

Notes of decisions

Connect brief summaries of important cases to the statute or regulation they interpret so you can quickly understand the most current interpretation of the law. Summaries are also organized by topic or procedure to allow you to focus on particular applications of the statute or regulation.


Thomson Reuters Innovation

The industry’s most complete, accurate, up-to-the-minute citation service that instantly verifies whether a case, statute, regulation, or administrative decision has been invalidated.

Westlaw mobile app

Access Westlaw anytime, anywhere

Included in your subscription

The mobile app is also accessible using your organization’s single sign-on.

Run searches

With WestSearch, filter the results, and browse content pages. Access KeyCite information, research history, and favorites.

Organize your research

Organize and share with folders, annotate documents and share notes with your contacts. You’ll also have the ability to print, email, and download documents.

Westlaw Alerts

Manage and receive your Westlaw Alerts within the app.

Voted best legal research app

The Westlaw app is the most awarded legal research app as voted by industry professionals.

Technical specs

Using Westlaw

Supported operating systems

Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10

Mac® OS 10.5 or later

Internet browser

Internet Explorer® 11 or later (Windows only) 

Mozilla Firefox current version or Extended Support Release version

Safari® 10.0 or later

Chrome current version 

Microsoft Edge current version

Mobile apps

iPhone (iOS 10.0 or later, iPhone 5 or later)

iPad (iOS 10.0 or later, iPad 4th generation or later)

Android (4.0 or later, Android 4.0 or higher)

Other requirements

1024x768 or higher screen resolution recommended

Adobe Acrobat Reader® 9.0 or later (some print functionality is lost with older versions)

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