So I just negotiated a new deal for my firm for Westlaw Next. We got a great deal on it (we were coming back to Westlaw from Lexis). Anyone using it? Any cool features I should be using (federal and state litigation)?
You'll really like the folders option, where you can make a folder for each case you're working on, and save the things you've looked up within that folder. You can also highlight and annotate cases as you read them on Next, and those will be saved with the case.
The folders can also be shared with other users on your network, and even e-mailed.
Your history also indicates when you have viewed, annotated, or saved a case, which can be helpful in some circumstances (e.g., ran a search, skimmed a case you thought was not really on-point, but later realize the case was actually useful).
Start searches in the main search bar with the prompt "adv:" in order to use terms and connectors.
I haven't been printing any cases since switching over to Next; I highlight and annotate everything on-screen, and save to folders organized by matter>issue>sub-topic.
Westlaw next is crazy expensive. Westlaw is telling law schools they have to teach it because all the firms are using AND telling firms they have to subscribe because that's what law students (future associates) are learning. This little two-step is now out in the open and both schools and firms are unhappy about it. Plus, firms are realizing it is only marginally more useful than Google, but is much more expensive.
Could you break down just how it ends up being more expensive than old WL?
It's hard to know how much anything costs with Westlaw. They have a menu, but those prices are rarely if ever, actually paid. Firms negotiate their own contracts with WL.
So, unfortunately, I can't say how much more expensive it is. I can only relay what has been relayed to me by university and firm law librarians.
My firm is paying an 18% increase for Westlaw Next over Westlaw on a flat-rate plan.