Law Library Resources: Westlaw Precision

The new semester brings with it changes to online resources, and not just to the law school website. Westlaw Precision was rolled out to law school users on January 11. When you sign into Westlaw through your law school account, the homepage now features a new Westlaw Precision tab. Though Westlaw Precision incorporates new filters and features, and the interface and some search results look a little different, the underlying content and much of the platform remains the same. You can continue to search the same way or click the “Content” or other tabs to browse and explore resources. New features and tools include:

  • Westlaw Precision Research: Available for a select but growing number of areas of law, Precision research filters are intended to assist researchers find legally and factually similar cases.  
  • KeyCite Cited With: This new tool within KeyCite lists related cases with a pattern of being cited together even if neither case cites the other, with an option to filter to cases cited within certain proximities such as being in the same string cite.
  • KeyCite Overruled in Part: This new red-striped flag identifies cases overruled in part and is intended to help the researcher quickly locate language in the case discussing the overruled point of law. As with the use of any citator signal, it is important to conduct your own analysis.
  • Keep List/Hide Details: Use this as another option to save cases of interest, and even hide details of cases you don’t want to review again.
  • Graphical View of History: In addition to the traditional view of research history, Precision offers a graphical visualization of the flow of your research process.
  • Outline Builder: This tool opens side-by-side with a document within Westlaw, and allows you to drag and drop citations and text snippets into your outline, and to add notes or headings to your outline. When you’re ready, export your outline to Word to integrate into a more complete research outline.

Legal research databases and open resource platforms evolve, as we also saw with the Books UnBound platform in the fall. Please contact a reference librarian if you have questions about Westlaw Precision or research strategies and sources more generally, even as we continue to familiarize ourselves with these new features and tools.

Contact: Elana Olson

Registration Information for Summer and Fall 2023

Registration materials for the summer 2023 semester are now posted on the Law School website. Registration for summer will begin on March 27. While students may register for a summer class any time before the class begins, registration on CheckMarq as of April 5, 2023, will determine which classes have enough student interest to move forward. Students who register for summer school must complete preregistration cheq for summer.

Fall registration materials will be posted after spring break. Registration for fall classes will take place on CheckMarq between April 12 and April 14.  Registration times are assigned based on credits earned. All students are encouraged to complete Preregistration Cheq prior to fall enrollment.

Deans Grossman and Thomson will be doing a session on curricular planning, particularly for those who will be finishing the 1L year in spring 2023.  Please watch future editions of Law News for details.

Contact: Bonnie M Thomson

Summer Study Abroad Registration Due Today

As previously announced, if you are interested in learning more about summer study abroad opportunities available to our students this summer, you must contact Dean Grossman. If you have not yet notified Dean Grossman of your interest, please let Dean Grossman know no later than 2 p.m. today.

Contact: Dean Grossman

Sports Law Program Certificate & Course Planning Meeting for 2023-2024 Academic Year

Thursday, March 23, 2023 - 12:00pm Lubar Center, Room144

On Thursday, March 23, at 12 p.m. in the Lubar Center (room 144), Professor Paul Anderson and Professor Matt Mitten, the Directors of the Sports Law Program, will hold an informational meeting for Sports Law Certificate candidates, and students interested in sports law courses for the upcoming 2023-2024 academic year. 

During the meeting they will provide a suggested progress plan for Sports Law Certificate candidates, specifically those in the class of 2025; sports law course offerings for the 2023-2024 academic semester; the Sports Law Certificate Internship program; the Marquette Sports Law Review summer 2023 writing competition; upcoming sports law events; and other aspects of the Sports Law Program. 

All first-year Sports Law Certificate candidates must attend this meeting. Transfer and second-year students who did not attend this meeting in 2022 should also attend this meeting. Professors Anderson and Mitten will not meet with students separately to discuss what they will cover in this meeting.  Lunch will be provided to all attendees. 

Register to attend this event on the event webpage.

Contact: Paul Anderson

Moot Court/AWA Interest Meeting

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 12:20pm Room 263

Attention 1Ls! The Moot Court Association is hosting an interest meeting on Tuesday, March 28, from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m. in room 263. 


This meeting will provide an overview of the program and how to get involved. We will introduce you to the Appellate Writing and Advocacy ("AWA") course held in the fall, which qualifies students for moot court and, potentially, the school's prestigious Jenkins Honors Intramural Moot Court Competition. We will also provide information on traveling and competing as a 3L. 


Join us to learn more about this exciting opportunity to develop your advocacy skills and compete with your peers. And, of course, lunch will be provided.

Contact: Aimeé Treviño