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Quickly gain key insights into which arguments prevailed in cases like yours and see how others – including opposing counsel – have argued in prior cases. With legal briefs on Westlaw, you get access to the world’s largest collection of briefs filed in all 50 states, U.S. Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and more. Plus, we’ve connected the arguments to the history and the people, so no matter how you’re formulating your strategy, or at what point in the research process you begin, all the information you need is readily available in one place.


The caselaw collection on Westlaw is continually maintained and updated. Our rigorous editorial process ensures every case is checked for accuracy and properly indexed, allowing you to quickly find on-point cases that address your exact point of law. Once you have the documents you need, quickly review the important issues of an opinion with West headnotes. Plus, enjoy an easy reading experience with convenient access to related materials, including U.S. Supreme Court filings available within an hour from when they are published and exclusive online access to the National Reporter System. 


Retrieve the most current version of court dockets directly from the court to help manage your cases, grow your client base, and research litigation strategies. With the easy-to-use-interface on Westlaw, you have multiple search options, including: by a docket's court number, parties, attorneys, or other criteria to access complete case information. Search our broad coverage area to find the docket you need instantly. 

View the dockets coverage map

Dockets on Westlaw are available for all U.S. district courts and for many state courts. For a complete list of jurisdictions, access the coverage map.

Pleadings, motions, and memoranda

Develop winning pleading and motion strategies and arguments by studying the pleadings, motions, supporting memoranda, and jury instructions filed in similar cases. Learn which arguments have prevailed, how they were structured, and the facts you need to prove. The Pleadings, Motions, and Memoranda collection on Westlaw includes actual filings from state trial courts, U.S. district courts, and federal bankruptcy courts across the United States. Plus, you can easily link to other content related to a case, such as dockets, appellate briefs, and additional pleadings, motions, and memoranda.

Expert Materials

Rely on expert materials on Westlaw to select the strongest candidates and acquire deep intelligence about the experts on either side of your case. Expert Materials on Westlaw are designed with the help of legal professionals who understand what you need to thoroughly investigate an expert. Gain access to thousands of court-filed resumes, proprietary challenge reports, Daubert Tracker Reports, testimonial documents, affidavits, cases, and jury verdicts. Plus, understand your expert’s experience with a judge – and more – with new integrated Litigation Analytics on Westlaw Edge.

A tradition of excellence in 
legal publishing

With a heritage extending back to 1875 with West Publishing, Thomson Reuters expands on a tradition of excellence in delivering trusted answers to the bench and bar. Westlaw continually reinvests in the ongoing development of authoritative legal content and innovative tools to provide you with total support.

Secondary sources

Get up to speed in new areas of the law or revisit familiar ones with the largest collection of leading analytical titles. Our unmatched collection of premier analytical titles includes exclusive access to the complete ALR (American Law Reports) series, plus get the complete AmJur library and Restatements of the Law, Wright & Miller Federal Practice and Procedure, C.J.S. (Corpus Juris Secundum), many state practice guides, forms, and hundreds of national, international, federal, and state law reviews and journals. 

Jury verdicts and settlements

Devise a winning strategy with Jury Verdicts on Westlaw. Written by experienced legal editors, our jury Verdicts provide a uniform presentation of facts, including type of case, type of liability, a list of attorneys and experts involved, case analysis of the facts, and an award breakdown. You can search thousands of state and federal court decisions from all 50 states, plus D.C., to view comparable verdicts and settlements. You’ll find up-to-the-minute verdicts for your jurisdiction to help you make strategic decisions for your case.

Practitioner Insights

With Practitioner Insights on Westlaw, get comprehensive information and expert analysis to help you stay informed and up to date on what’s affecting your practice area. A dedicated team of attorney-editors monitors each practice area to ensure you see the most important updates of the day. Get exclusive practice-area focused content and expert analysis, including Westlaw Daily Briefings, Reuters Legal, Wolters Kluwer, CQ Roll Call, and more. Plus, seamlessly access your Alerts on Westlaw to inform your promptly of new developments relevant to your practice area or matching your customized search.

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