Tuesday, March 3, 2015

LexisNexis Practice Adviser

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to attend a Practical Skills Panel put on by LexisNexis in Cambridge, MA. One component of the event on getting law students practice-ready involved an introduction to a tool on Lexis called "Lexis Practice Adviser" (LPA).  It was introduced with the intention to "practicalize" legal education. It provides a task-based setup with annotated, customizable forms that go beyond what's offered in a typical form book; they contain practice notes as well as optional, alternative clauses. In addition to forms, LPA has cherry picked relevant cases for transactional lawyers (given that they are rarely called upon to engage in legal research). There are eleven modules altogether, covering topics like mergers and acquisitions and real estate. In practice, firms or solo attorneys can sign up to access all of the modules, or just select the ones most relevant to their practice. 

Below, I'm including some relevant screenshots on how to access LPA and what it offers. (Click on each picture to enlarge the screenshot.)

To access LPA from the LexisAdvance hompage, just click the "Research" tab from the top of the page and select the LPA link.

From there, it will ask you to choose a particular module that it defaults to. In my case, I chose Real Estate. On the left, you'll see the topics covered by the modules. To the right, you'll find relevant Law360 news articles.

You can still access all of the other modules, though, by just clicking on the "Practice Adviser" tab.

Now, back to the Real Estate Page. Under topics, for this example, I'm going to show where clicking the "Letter of Intent" link takes us. 

Once we access this portion of the module focusing on a letter of intent, you'll see a table of contents to the left, which breaks down the relevant documents into snapshots (an overview of what a letter of intent is), forms, practice notes, cases, statutes and legislation, and secondary materials.

When we click on a particular form link, this is the page we're brought to. On the right, you'll see a link that allows you to draft the document with fillable fields, a summary of the form, and a link to drafting notes and alternative clauses. Towards the left-center of the page, you'll see who authored the form. 

As you can see, LPA is easy enough to navigate, and can lay out the process behind certain legal transactions better than a traditional form book or secondary source. To learn more about LPA, visit this link of video tutorials made available by Lexis. 

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