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Westlaw Legal Research Certifications

Westlaw offers certifications centered around legal research.  These certifications include:

  1. Foundations of Legal Research
  2. Essential Legal Research
  3. Advanced Legal Research
  4. Transactional Research
  5. Litigation Research
  6. Prepare to Practice

You can add your certifications to LinkedIn by following the directions here

Westlaw and have partnered to offer several certifications aimed at teaching you the practical skills needed for successful lawyering.  The certifications offered by are:

  1. Core Tech Certification- Offers legal-focused traiaing on Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PDF editors, and more.
  2. Practice Tech Certification- Explores a myriad of tools essential to law practice including software for e-discovery, trial prep, and matter management.
  3. Legal Soft Skills Certification- Trains users on the practical skills legal professionals use everyday- from legal business models to building your brand and more.


You can add your certifications to LinkedIn by following the directions here.  You do not need a new log in for these certification modules- you use your Westlaw account.


The Procertas platform offers a series of assessments and training modules designed to ensure lawyers and law students know how to use Word, Excel, and PDF editors to perform tasks common in legal work. Procertas works with several versions of Word and Excel for both Windows and Mac. Successful completion of Procertas assessments will unlock digital badges certifying proficiency with office technologies that can be shared with prospective employers and displayed on a LinkedIn profile.

Contact Laura Wilcoxon at for access.

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