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Westlaw (Australia) Tip - What is a session summary?

Last Published: February 20, 2020

This tip explains what a session summary is and how it may be used for recording keeping or billing.

When logging into Westlaw you will be prompted to enter a Client ID, which can be a client, matter file, or a description of a research task, e.g., internal research, training, or Client#2354.

When you complete your research and click Sign Out a session summary is displayed featuring the following details:

  1. Usage Summary - time and date of log in and log off.
  2. Event - searches conducted and/or documents viewed.
  3. Client ID - matter, client or description entered at the beginning of the session.

This summary lists all searches performed, and documents viewed during a session with time and date details for your records.

The session summary can be printed or a PDF copy created for record keeping or billing purposes.

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