Now on Westlaw- Start with Practical Law!


Alameda County Law Library patrons can now access Practical Law through the library’s Westlaw subscription.

Designed to provide “a better starting point” for attorneys, Practical Law offers task-based guides, practice notes, model documents and clauses, and checklists in a variety of practice areas. These point-of-need tools can help lawyers efficiently accomplish specific tasks for their clients, such as drafting a living trust, dissolving a corporation, developing an employee handbook, or purchasing commercial real estate.

Practical Law content is written and continually updated by attorney editors with significant practice experience at the country’s best law firms and corporate legal departments.

Highlights include:

Practice Notes

Practice Notes are straightforward how-to guides and clear explanations of current law and practice, ranging from basic overviews to detailed analysis for specialists.


Standard Documents and Clauses

Over 200 Standard Documents and Clauses that can be downloaded and saved in Word for easy editing and customization. These form templates are up-to-date, reflect current law and practice, and include practical Notes for improved drafting and negotiating.



Checklists, Timelines and Flowcharts

Practical Law’s checklists, timelines and flowcharts reflect current law and practice and help attorneys mitigate risk, achieve compliance, and ensure they have satisfied all requirements.


California-Specific Content:

Practical Law offers California-specific content in the areas of: Commercial Transactions, Corporate and M&A, Estate Planning, Labor & Employment, Litigation, and Real Estate.


To access Practical Law:

1. Click the “Practical Law” hyperlink on the Westlaw homepage.


2. To access content, select the Practice Areas, Resource Types, or Jurisdictions tab.

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