Law 360: Ranking System

This is the fourth in a four part series blog post spotlighting the LexisNexis’ Law360.

One of Law 360’s most interesting features is the Ranking System. Law 360 chooses various different categories and ranks lawyers, law firms, corporations, and many more based on different criteria. Below is an image of the Law 360 home page and were to find the rankings there. First, you have to select the three lines at the top left of the screen to open the navigation bar. Then, you have to scroll down to the middle of the navigation bar to see the ranking category list.

 1. Law 360 Home Page Rankings

The ranking category list is shown in full below. As stated earlier, the ranking types are varied. Many focus on groups who exemplify certain standards in the legal community, such as the Pro Bono Firms of the Years and the Practice Group Partner Rankings. Other rank lists focus on the individuals in the legal community who are doing amazing things on their own, such as the Rising Stars List and the Trial Aces list. Even other lists focus on marginalized groups and showcase firms that are the best at being inclusive. Those lists are the Glass Ceiling Report, which focuses on women in the legal community, and the Diversity Snapshot, which focuses on minorities and other marginalized groups.

 2. Law 360 List

Below is a view of the home page of one of the rankings list. This list is the Regional Powerhouses List. This list is mostly about the big time law firms who handle the biggest cases. They are often large law firms who make a lot of money for their clients or have biggest effect on legislation directly.

 3. Law 360 Powerhouses

As stated above, some of the rankings focus on marginalized groups and inclusivity. One of those rankings is the Glass Ceiling Report, the home page of which is pictured below. This list provides a listing of law firms that are especially good places for female attorneys and the firms who are doing the best at providing equal opportunities for females in the legal community.

 4. Law 360 Glass Ceiling

These are only a few of the lists that Law 360 provides as general information for visitors. These lists could help someone find jobs in particular fields or because of particular attributes, allow visitors to decide what law firm might be good for a certain case, or for just general information. It is a very interesting and useful feature of Law 360.

Access to the Law360 database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

 

 

Law 360: In Depth

This is the third in a four part series blog post spotlighting the LexisNexis’ Law360.

One of Law 360’s most unique features is its In-Depth Analysis of different issues. As mentioned previously, Law 360 employs reporters in 12 major cities; some of these reporters are “Senior” reporters and write articles about different topics within the legal community in very good detail. Below is a view of how to locate the In-Depth articles from the home page. One way is to click the three lines in the top left of the screen and pull up the navigation bar. The In-Depth section is at the top. The other option to find the In-Depth articles is through the small slide show on the right hand of the home page. If the In-Depth picture is not up, you can click the arrows on the slide show and flip to the right picture before clicking on the In-Depth section.

1. Law 360 Home Page to In Depth

Below is a picture of the In-Depth page. This page updates much slower than the Law 360 home page, which is comprised of mostly breaking and newer news. The largest picture at the top is the most current In-Depth article written by a senior reporter. Below that is the slightly older articles that discuss other topics in great detail.

2. Law 360 In Depth Home

Below here is the view of the top of an In-Depth article. Usually, the top will have a picture for the article and then go into their analysis. As stated, these articles are very in depth and detailed. Each takes time, research and analysis to complete. They are a very good source for more specific information than a normal Law 360 article but are much narrower in scope and availability.

3. Law 360 News Analysis Article

At the very bottom of the page, there is a list of older In-Depth articles. These articles are easy to access but are not as current as the ones listed in the main page. However, they are still In-Depth articles, and are the same level of quality as the others and therefore still a great resource on Law 360. Below is a view of that that section looks like.

4. Law 360 Past In Depth

Access to the Law360 database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Law 360: Advanced Search

This is the second in a four part series blog post spotlighting the LexisNexis’ Law360.

Law 360 has a very sophisticated search function that allows visitors to search for a large variety of content. The top of the home page shows the search bar and gives examples of what a visitor might search for. If you wanted to quickly narrow the search by topic or other terms, the advanced search button is to the right of the search bar. The view from the home page is pictured below.

1. Law 360 Home page for advanced search

In the advanced search page, there is a list of different types of content that you can narrow you searches by. The red boxes below indict the broad categories that you can choose to narrow down your search. These categories include news and expert analysis, cases, companies, firms, and more. Each category can be selected and their individual search pages will appear. The green boxes below indicate the many subcategories available in each category to make a search more specific.

 2. Law 360 Advanced Search pageBelow is a view of the screen that appears on the Law 360 advanced search function when the advanced options button below the search bar is pressed. The advanced options button reveals the easiest way to use traditional terms and connectors (such as in Westlaw Next and LexisNexis Advanced). After entering search words into one or more of the many advanced options, Law 360 automatically applies the correct terms and connectors to the search, making searching Law 360 simple to understand.

 3. Law 360 Terms and Connectors

Below here is a picture of a search with the advanced options button. As you can see, it automatically adds in the terms and connectors.

3.5 terms and connectors exampleBelow is an example of clicking one of the main categories on the left of the screen. As the picture shows, each category has their own list of sub categories that might apply to that type of search. Clicking the subcategories opens a list of topics within the subcategory, further simplifying searches for specific types of material.

4. Law 360 Other searchesAccess to the Law360 database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

 

 

Law 360: What is it?

This is the first in a four part series blog post spotlighting the LexisNexis’ Law360.

Law360 is a news source dedicated to gathering news coverage on a variety of legal topics. The website offers in depth breaking news and analysis in every major practice area of the law. The homepage is constantly updating its breaking news features; each visit will likely show a list of very recently added articles written by reporters in over a dozen major cities. Law 360 boasts over 220 new articles every day from all over the world.

The Law 360 home page gives quick access to some of the most important features of the site in general including the search bar at the top of the page. The advanced search function is very detailed and the button for that search is to the right of the search bar. On the left side of the Law 360 is the direct links to the sections of the law that the site covers. This allows visitors to separate the news stories that are of the most interest to them and their practice.

Below is the view of the home page of Law 360.

 1. Law 360 Home Page

The center of the homepage is dedicated to their breaking news or newly published articles. It updates as new articles are published, with the newest article at the top of the page. When a new article is published, it takes the top spot while the previous article is moved down. As stated earlier, over 220 news articles that have some effect on the law are published daily and the news section is always changing. Below is a view of the homepage with emphasis on the breaking news section.

 2. Law 360 Breaking News

Also on the Law 360 homepage is a small slide show on the right hand side. The slide show lists five of the most popular parts of the site that are of interest to visitors. One of those parts that might be interesting to law students is the link to Law 360’s “Pro Say” podcast. Below is a picture of where to find this part of the Law 360 home page.

 3. Law 360 Slide Show and Podcast

On the top left of the homepage, Law 360 has three lines that, if clicked, open the site navigation bar. This function is the easiest way to view the majority of the functions that Law 360 offers including the important sections of the law that the website covers, the In-depth function (which is discussed later on) and far more. It is the easiest way to explore what the website offers if a visitor is not sure what they are looking for. Below is a picture of how to find the navigation bar on the home page.

 4. Law 360 Navigation Bar

Access to the Law360 database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

 

 

O’Connor’s Online: Browse & Search

This is the fourth in a four part series spotlighting Jones McClure Publishing’s O’Connor’s Online.

To access O’Connor’s online for free, register at oconnors.com/lawschool using your Texas Tech University email address.

On the homepage, you can access several different areas of law. The areas of law include Appellate Procedure, Business & Organizations, Causes of Action, Criminal Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Pretrial & Trial Procedure, Probate & Estates, and Property & Real Estate.

Below is a view of the home page. The green box indicates where you can browse by topic.

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Additionally, in the top left corner of the home page, you can find information through the search box. This can be useful if you have a specific statute or keyword in mind instead of choosing to browse.

Below is a view of the home page. The green box indicates where the search box is located.

search

Under a specific topic, you can view Charts, Commentaries, Forms, Statutes, and Rules. On the left side of the screen, you can view your search history to navigate back to things you have previously searched.

Below is a view of the different items under a specific topic.

specic topic

After you search, you can filter your results. You can filter by Type, Practice Area, and Topic. The filter options are located on the left side of the screen. The site also give you the option of refining your search.

Below is a view of the different filter options indicated by the green boxes.

filter

Access to O’Connor’s online is available through the Texas Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

CQ Magazine: Previous Issues

This is the fourth in a four part series blog post spotlighting the Congressional Quarterly Magazine.

Each issue of CQ Magazine is available online or in print. Previous issues are available online from 1983 to present. Below is a view of the page you are taken to when clicking on “Browse Articles by Date” on the left-hand side of the page, accessible through the home page.

CQ Magazine1

Clicking on the year 1983 will allow you to see articles from October, November, and December.  Should you click on December, you will be brought to the page shown below where you have access to numerous articles concerning various controversial issues.

CQ Magazine2

Be sure to take advantage of these archived editions to gain insightful knowledge of the inner workings of policy in Washington and to see the development of our legislation.

Access to the CQ Magazine is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

CQ Magazine: Current Issue

This is the third of a four part series blog post spotlighting Congressional Quarterly Magazine.

The current issue content is located in the center of the website. The cover story is located at the top of the website. Below the cover story you can find current issue content organized in different categories such as CQ Now, Influencers, Capitol Wrap, Performance Review, Features, and Commentary.

Below, the red boxes indicates where the Current Issue categories are located on the homepage.

Current Issue categories

To determine when the most recent issue was published, the Issue Date is located at the top of page.  Other recent issues can be located on the left side of the page in the navigation bar.

Below, the red box indicates where the Issue Date can be located on the homepage. issue date

At the top of the home page, you can organize the current issue content. You can organize the current issue content by Table of Contents, Subject Index, and Latest Votes.

Below, the red box indicates where you can organize the current issue content.

current issue organize

To locate and read other recent issues, click on Read Recent Issues located on the right side of the page. Issues of CQ Magazine are published weekly. The recent issues are organized from the most recent at the top of the list to older issues as you scroll down the list.

read recent issues

Access to the CQ Magazine is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.