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New Practical Guidance Video Center Simplifies Lawyer Access to Instructional Practice Videos

August 09, 2022

The age of video has revolutionized the way that we watch television and movies, experience music, and even connect with friends and family members. It has also transformed the workplace, particularly when it comes to the delivery of information and instructional content.

A 2021 study by TechSmith found that a whopping 83% of Americans prefer watching videos to accessing instructional or informational content via text or audio.

“Whether you are teaching people through online content or training co-workers, using video to share knowledge is becoming an expectation,” the TechSmith report says. “The type of content you create matters just as much as the information you are trying to share, this includes video.”

This preference for instructional video content is borne out by the volume of video viewing activity on the internet. The Cisco Video Networking Index forecasts that video viewing will make up 82% of internet traffic by the end of 2022, fueled by the fact that 52% of people reported watching more than two instructional or informational videos each week last year.

The surge in the use of instructional video content is especially notable among young professionals who tend to be more digitally native and comfortable with video content. Indeed, a 2022 study published by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law found that law students — tomorrow’s new lawyers — were generally very receptive to learning legal concepts by watching educational videos, provided they are engaging and less than seven minutes in length.

LexisNexis has made a significant investment to provide hundreds of practice videos designed to provide legal professionals with practical insights and tips for managing various client needs. Now we have taken that investment to the next level.

LexisNexis Practical Guidance, the legal industry’s trusted resource for practice advice, has just released a new online hub for finding and watching video content from a single location.

The Lexis+ Practical Guidance Video Center offers lawyers a premier video viewing experience and features a new user interface that makes it easy to access all Practical Guidance video content. The Video Center brings a more visual YouTube-like experience to surfacing and playing Practice Videos.

The new Video Center simplifies how users access a complete library of videos quickly and surface the specific practical and instructional content they need. This helps them get up to speed when a new legal topic or emerging practice area opportunity arises. All of this is wrapped in a visually appealing format that is similar to their daily consumer video experiences.

Lexis Practical Guidance has the largest collection of practice videos and the library is always growing. The new search function allows users to easily review the depth and breadth of the video library. Once inside the Video Center, each user chooses how to get the information in the format that best fits their unique learning style.

Short engaging videos (2-5 minute) across 16 practice areas help lawyers tackle any legal topic quickly. These practice areas include:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Entities
  • Capital Markets & Corporate Governance
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Finance
  • Financial Services Regulation
  • Healthcare
  • Intellectual Property & Technology
  • Labor & Employment
  • Real Estate

A new video player experience resembles the user experience when playing YouTube videos. Lawyers will be able to watch the video of interest to them while a series of suggested “Up Next” videos display vertically on the right-hand side of the screen. From this page, they can also access:

  • Details — author information, links to the author’s page, a short video description, a date stamp, and a currency stamp of when it was most recently updated/maintained.
  • Transcript — a fully searchable transcript of the audio from each video.
  • Related Content — potentially useful practice notes, clauses, templates, checklists or articles on the topic, as selected by the Practical Guidance editorial team.

The new Practical Guidance video experience improves and accelerates how lawyers can get up to speed on current legal topics and is only available on Lexis+ Practical Guidance. Experience it for yourself by signing up for a free 7-day trial.