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- Fixes iOS 16 compatibility issues
- Other bug fixes and improvements
Ratings and Reviews
Use your web browser instead
I used this app for nearly a year and conducted extensive legal research on it. I have deleted it and will go back to accessing Westlaw via a web browser. It is a shame, as I really wanted to keep this app.
There are some benefits to using this app over a web browser:
- Login is a cinch.
- App loads relatively quickly.
The shortfalls are numerous:
- Citations are limited. Though you get full citations on the web, this app limits case citation to a single one. For those of us following local rules or who wish to use the Bluebook, this makes legal research very inefficient.
- Following procedural history is nearly impossible. While analyzing a case, you may wish to review a lower court's disposition, such as to learn more about the facts or understand the reasoning. This app is frequently unable to load that case. Instead, one is met with an error page and an 800-number.
- Following stare decisis is nearly impossible. Same reason as above. One clicks on a case cited in an opinion and is disappointed by the 800-number.
- Same issue as above with statutes and statutory history.
- Trying to select text is a headache. As we all know, Westlaw imposes a popup when text is selected. On a web browser, it is easy to work around. On this app, it frequently blocks selected text and the popup even becomes selected itself.
So, goodbye, Westlaw app.
Developer Response ,
We’re sorry to hear you’re experiencing some issues with the Westlaw app. There are no known issues at this time with document linking or selecting text, and parallel citations are available in the “All Citations” section of each case within the app. Thousands of Westlaw users rely on the award-winning Westlaw app for their legal research on the go, and we’d love to get to the bottom of what’s happening with your sessions. Please contact Technical Support at 1-800-WESTLAW (1-800-937-8529).
Following links loses place in case
While reading a case, when I click a link to another case or a statute and then click the back arrow to return to the original case, the original case reloads at the top instead of remembering the page I was on when I clicked the link.
This makes the app virtually unusable for me.
Good for paralegal student
I’m only new to law, I’m a paralegal student. The app has been of great help when brainstorming when I’m out and about, with an assignment on my mind, and unable to access my computer. However, one feature that’d be nice to have at hand would be the ability to narrow down searches in cited cases to statutes and such, such as “word/term search” and “reported or unreported”; the app seems a little cramped to add something like that, but perhaps on the left there could be a tab that one could click that’d open up upon the screen with those search elements, then one could hit “search” on the bottom and it’d narrow it down. Just a suggestion, but I must say this app gets it done in a pinch. Thank you
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