eResources Spotlight: An Update on Bloomberg Law

Points of Law

Points of Law offers a more efficient and effective way to conduct case law research. Through the application of machine learning to the database of approximately 13 million court opinions, Points of Law speeds up case law research by highlighting language critical to a court’s reasoning, allowing you to quickly find the best language to support legal arguments. You can also follow links to other relevant case law, Related Points of Law, and the Citation Map.

This new research tool provides comprehensive, objective, timely statements of law and leading cases in support of those statements.

Saving You Time

Points of Law uses state of the art technology to isolate what a court says and shorten your research time. It allows you to navigate seamlessly within a court opinion to the essential language of the court’s reasoning. You can then click through to a generalized Point of Law and the top cases in support of that statement of law, in both list form and as an interactive timeline.





Comprehensive, Current Coverage

Bloomberg Law includes a collection of nearly one million Points of Law from our database of approximately 13 million published and unpublished state and federal court opinions. Our database is updated continuously – incorporating an average of nearly 2,500 new cases each day – ensuring that Points of Law is accurate, complete, and up-to-date.



Practical, Easy to Use

While in a case, simply click on the Points of Law icon located on the right rail of the court opinion. Previous and Next buttons allow you to navigate to the essentials of the court’s holding, highlighted in blue.

From any highlighted section, a click-through will generate a relevant Point of Law and link to supporting case law in a pop-up. You can also select Related Points to expand your research or Citation Map for data visualization.

For ease of use, Bloomberg Law also supports a keyword search of the database, providing seamless navigation to relevant jurisdiction-specific Points of Law and citing cases. By enabling you to quickly and easily determine which cases are the most cited, most relevant, or most recent, the Points of Law search reduces the probability that an important case will be missed.


Power of Data Visualization

Bloomberg Law’s Citation Map combines data analytics and visualization to present an at-a-glance, graphical view of a Point of Law, the leading case for the Point of Law, and the citing cases over a period of time. For the Point of Law at issue, Citation Map highlights the difference in language among cases, differentiates between federal and state citing cases, and indicates the relative importance of each citing decision to the leading case. You can hover over each case to view citations and link to the underlying case.


Fully Explore Your Issue

Related Points of Law are those that are frequently cited by courts who reference your instant Point of Law. These Related Points of Law will ensure that you’ve fully explored an issue and will offer perspectives you might not have otherwise considered. You’ll be better suited to frame your argument, refine key legal issues, and expand your research.



Case Law Research – Reimagined

Points of Law is designed to fit into the modern legal workspace by delivering results instantly. Bloomberg Law’s proprietary search technology ensures that both the Points of Law and Court Opinions databases are accurate, up-to-date, and on target. You’ll be able to quickly find the best language to support your legal arguments and see data about the cases matching your search criteria.

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