Bloomberg provides a similar service to Westlaw's Practical Law called Practice Center, which allows users to access resources grouped by areas in the law. In addition to primary law, Bloomberg offers books and treatises, manuals and portfolios, transaction resources and sample policies, legal updates and news, and much more.
1. Like Practical Law, Bloomberg offers guidance on specific areas of the law. However, Practice Center is much more difficult to navigate. On Bloomberg, if you want to click on specific topic, you have to leave the page. On Practical Law, you can look to the left of the screen and scroll through the table of contents without leaving the page you are one.
2. Like Practical Law, Bloomberg offers legal updates and e-mails. Based on this feature alone, Bloomberg and Westlaw are comparable.
3. Bloomberg does not provide multi-jurisdictional guides like Westlaw. However, Bloomberg does offer state-specific resources at https://www.bloomberglaw.com/browser/105.480318#//. While attorneys can compare sexual orientation employment discrimination law across jurisdictions on Bloomberg, it is quicker and easier on Practical Law, because Practical Law provides a easy to read chart listing each state's law and directs you to the statute once you click on it. On Bloomberg, you would have to click each individual state and read through the text to know whether the state prohibits sexual orientation employment discrimination.
4. Bloomberg offers some sample documents and clauses as well (shown below), but unlike Practical Law that provides hundreds of sample documents and clauses, Bloomberg only provides sample documents on the following topics:
4. Bloomberg's Practice Center does have some checklists similar to those offered on Practical Law. But, Bloomberg does not offer any flowcharts like Westlaw.