Back door tip for defining legal terms

If you aren’t having any luck finding the definition of a legal term, one out-of-the box option is to search the relevant caselaw database on Westlaw using the Words and Phrases field (“wp”).  For example, searching “wp(contributory-negligence)” in the database of California cases would pick up California judicial opinions that define the term “contributory negligence.”  I added that as an option in the “Legal Dictionaries” section of the Dictionaries entry.


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One Response to Back door tip for defining legal terms

  1. Richard Maseles says:

    How cool. How long has Westlaw made this available? I’d always heard that they didn’t put “Words and Phrases” online. Thanks!

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