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Selecting & Developing Your Seminar Paper Topic: Legal News Providers

This guide is designed to help law students select and research a topic for their upper level writing requirement.

Law360

Law360 is an extremely comprehensive and timely news service which, according to their website, covers:

  • Every major litigation development in the U.S. federal district courts
  • Every major lawsuit filed against the world’s 2,000 top companies
  • Every major opinion handed down in the U.S. federal courts
  • Every major development in class actions and multidistrict litigation
  • Every major transaction involving the top 250 U.S. law firms
  • Every major hire at the top 800 U.S. law firms
  • Every major initiative by state, federal and international legislatures.

Features:

  • Browse News Articles and Expert Analysis by 18 Practice Areas
  • View Original Court Documents.

Jurist Law

Led by University of Pittsburgh Law School's Professor Bernard Hibbits, Jurist Law is a real time legal news service that reports on both national and international news.

  •  Format Views: 
    • U.S.
    • International 
    • Combined U.S. and International
  •  Features:
    • View Original Documents

LexisNexis Communities

Relying on the insight of scholars, practitioners, and government officials, LexisNexis Legal Communities cover the latest news, trends and issues in various legal practice areas. 

Tip: Visit LexisNexis Legal Newsroom.  Then, click on the Menu button at the top right of the screen and choose among "Top Emerging Trends" to view the latest news, podcasts, video casts, blogs on a variety of "hot"  legal topics.

Bloomberg Law News Channels

Bloomberg Law News channels provides real time access to Bloomberg's authoritative news coverage.  Legal news stories are arranged by topic.  Popular channels include:

  • United States Law Week
  • Privacy & Data Security News
  • Daily Labor Report 

To access the news channels, you must first register with Bloomberg Law. To do so, Brooklyn Law students should click on the link to request a law school account from the Bloomberg Law homepage.  Once registered with and signed on to Bloomberg Lawclick on the Browse button in the top left corner of the screen and then click on "News".

  • Tip:   On a monthly basis, U.S. Law Week publishes a table of circuit splits.  To access go to Bloomberg Law, scroll down the screen until you see, U.S. Law Week Circuit Splits Table. It is near the bottom of the page.

Westlaw Topical Highlights & Bulletins

Westlaw Highlights are arranged by topic and include Family Law, Copyrights, Litigation, Labor & Employment, etc.

Westlaw Bulletin provides summaries of recent federal and state judicial, legislative and administrative developments.  It is categorized by jurisdiction and/or court. To go directly to the Westlaw Bulletin, click on this link Westlaw's Bulletins.  Relevant bulletins include:

Path to Bulletins & Topical Highlights on Westlaw Next:

Secondary Sources > Legal Newspapers & Newsletters > Tools & Resources > Westlaw Bulletins & Topical Highlights

Law.com

Features of Law.com include:

  • Newswire:  Lists the latest headlines across Law.com's publications.
  • Legal Blog Watch:  Law.com maintains over 30 blogs
Both Newswire and Legal Blog Watch can be found under the "News" tab.  You can also register for both services for free.
 
Tip: Browse the blogs by topic, which range from criminal law to intellectual property to client relationships. 
 
ALM, the publisher of Law.com, publishes many regional legal newspapers including the New York Law Journal.  To browse the New York Law Journal go to NYLJ.com.