Practical Guidance.


Today we are going to learn how to locate
and utilize Practical Guidance on Bloomberg Law. By the end of this course, you should be able
to locate practical guidance, using the Search Bar or Browse All Content Menu and understand
how you might use our Practical Guidance in your everyday work. There are two main ways you will access Practical
Guidance on Bloomberg Law. First, you can use the Search Bar. Start by typing “Practical Guidance,”
then select either the Practical Guidance Home page or the Practical Guidance Search
function. Additionally, you can access these features
using the main content menu by selecting Practitioner Tools, and then selecting Practical Guidance
Home or Practical Guidance Search. If you think you will be using the Practical
Guidance Home page or Practical Guidance Search function frequently, you may want to click
the “favorites” star next to the link in the content menu Before reviewing the home page, let’s discuss
the Practical Guidance Search function. The Practical Guidance Search allows you to
search by Practice Area, so you can find the practical guidance most relevant for you. Let’s say you are looking for sample corporate
policy, you can click on Corporate and type “policy” in the keywords field, and click
‘SEARCH.’ This will show all Practical Guidance discussing
policies, both samples and other types of practical guidance, within the Corporate Practice
Area. To isolate only those items that are sample
policies, you can use the filters on the left and select ‘Sample Policy.’ Let’s use our “Information Security and
Data Privacy Policy (Annotated).” At the top, you will notice that this was
drafted by an outside expert. Any practical guidance drafted by an outside
expert will have their name and a link to their bio. The form includes the text of the policy along
with hyperlinks to related content, for example, the link here to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. Also, you may notice that some areas of the
document may have annotations or other commentary. This text may provide you with tips or drafting
points on key sections of an agreement or form. Other Practical Guidance features include:
a related content menu on the right side of the document, which suggests other content
available on Bloomberg Law, such as laws and regulations, practical guidance, BNA Portfolios,
and more; a table of contents allowing for easy navigation, particularly in longer documents;
and the show commentary toggle at the top that allows users to toggle any added commentary
on or off. Users can download any practical guidance
document as a Word file or PDF so that you can modify the document to fit your needs. Additionally, the print/download feature has
an option to toggle any added commentary on or off, allowing for the downloading of a
“clean” form Now that we have found a document using the
search function, let’s jump over to the Practical Guidance Home Page to browse our
full collection. The home page allows you to view our practical
guidance by topic or transaction. Users can browse by topic or transaction across
14 main topic areas, including Commercial Transactions, Corporate Transactions, Litigation,
Privacy & Data Security, Employment Law, and Tax. Under these main topics, users have access
to over 4,500 pieces of practical guidance grouped into more than 200 sub-topics and
transactions. Additionally, you can review our more than
20 types of guidance, which include sample agreements, drafting guides, timelines, checklists,
comparison surveys, overviews, and more. You can also leverage our auto-complete functionality
using the search bar to find the exact document for which you are looking- for example a sample
Confidentiality Agreement. Let’s say you are a junior litigator and
the partner asked you to prepare a motion for more definite statement. You have never prepared this document before
and are wondering how to get started. Starting on the Practical Guidance Home Page,
you could navigate to the Litigation tile and (select Responsive Pleadings & Motions. On this page, you will see all of our litigation Practical
Guidance for responsive pleadings and motions organized by topic, including
Responding to the Complaint, Amending, Joining & Countersuing, Rule 12 Motions & Other Early
Motions, and more. Under the Rule 12 Motions & Other Early Motions
and you notice the following document: “Overview – Motion for More Definite Statement.” This looks like something that may be useful. Opening the document, you will notice that
this overview reviews the requirements for this particular motion, including when to
file, content in the motion, the Legal Standard, and next steps. It also includes links to other content on
Bloomberg Law, including the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, our Points of Law tool
that relies on machine learning to identify key holdings and points in court decisions,
and our Smart Code tool that identifies court opinions discussing relevant code sections
and uses machine learning to rank the strength of discussion. With this information, you can feel more confident
and prepared to undertake the assignment. You should now have an understanding of how
to locate and utilize our Practical Guidance. Thank you for participating in our training
today.

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