Thursday, August 30, 2012

PLC: Easy as 1-2-3

Duke Law students, faculty and staff have access to Practical Law Company (PLC), a transactional law resource which is used in practice by many firms. Register for an account with PLC for Law Schools by clicking the button labeled "FREE PLC Access."

The website is organized into three sections, all of which include model documents with drafting tips, "Practice Notes," and step-by-step checklists in such areas as bankruptcy, securities, corporate finance, international arbitration, and intellectual property. Each section is organized slightly differently, and offers additional unique features. The Law School section provides Summer Associate Survival Guides and Interview Survival Guides designed to demystify corporate and securities law basics. The Law Firm section includes a glossary of law and business terminology, current news and analysis of the latest corporate deals, and guides to international business. The Law Department section is intended for use by in-house counsel, and provides toolkits on topics like corporate compliance, as well as a "Global Law Department" with country-specific resources.

The site offers email alerts and RSS feeds on various topics, as well as the full text of the bimonthly journal Practical Law. Help is available via video tutorials, and the contents of the entire site may also be searched.

Practical Law Company can be accessed via the Goodson Law Library's Legal Databases & Links page, under "General Law Databases." For help using this or other legal research resources, be sure to Ask a Librarian.