Westlaw provides online access to U.S. federal and state law sources, as well as to sources of international law and the laws of a growing number of other jurisdictions. Sources vary by jurisdiction and may include constitutions, legislation, legislative history, statutory codes, regulations, regulatory materials, cases, case digests, citators, public records, law reviews, treatises, and general and legal news.
Westlaw’s Drafting Assistant (formerly WestCheck), is a web-based, automated citation-checking service that automatically extracts citations from documents and verifies them using the KeyCite citator service.
Requesting a Westlaw Account:
Our license with Westlaw allows us to create accounts for HLS faculty (including visiting faculty), HLS staff, and HLS students currently enrolled in either HLS classes or an HLS-sponsored Harvard joint-degree program only. At its discretion, Westlaw may allow accounts for HLS visitors, including visiting scholars, researchers, and fellows, as well as students who are cross-enrolled in an HLS course. Westlaw will also generally create accounts for HLS faculty research assistants who are not HLS students or staff.
Westlaw registration codes are distributed to new students at the beginning of the fall semester. Returning students should continue using their Westlaw accounts from the previous year. Please stop by or contact the Reference Desk (617-495-4516) if you have not received or cannot find this information.
Faculty, visiting Faculty, and Staff:
HLS faculty (including visiting faculty) and HLS staff may request a Westlaw account by emailing the Reference Desk from their HLS email account. Please include your full name and current position in the text of your message.
At its discretion, Westlaw may create accounts for HLS visitors (e.g., visiting scholars, researchers, fellows, and non-HLS students who are cross-enrolled in an HLS course. Westlaw will also generally create accounts for HLS faculty research assistants who are not current HLS students or staff. Such individuals should email their account request directly to Westlaw and include the following information:
- Name, telephone number, HLS email address (if you do not have an HLS email account, please explain why)
- Position at HLS (Visiting Scholar, Visiting Researcher, Fellow, Cross-enrolled Student, Faculty Research Assistant, etc.)
- Dates you will be at HLS, including start and end dates (month/year)
- If you are a research assistant for an HLS faculty member but you are not currently an HLS student or staff, please identify the HLS faculty member you are working for. If you are a cross-enrolled student, please identify the HLS course you are taking.
Registering and Creating Your Westlaw OnePass Account:
Please be sure to register your new Westlaw account. As part of registration, you will have the opportunity to create your Westlaw OnePass account.
The Library sponsors Westlaw introductory, refresher and advanced training sessions throughout the academic year for students who would like hands-on instruction. The sessions are taught by Westlaw representatives. Session dates, times, locations, and sign-ups are available at the HLS Library’s Legal Research Training Calendar.
Westlaw Customer Support is available at: 1-800-937-8529
Our Westlaw Account Manager is: Mark Frongillo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Help with Westlaw:
The Westlaw home page offers a number of useful materials and services, including reference literature, research guides, tutorials, product tours, study aids and outlines.
Please visit or contact the Reference Desk (617-495-4516) if you have any questions.