Headnotes are summaries of the issues in a case.
Lexis has developed a legal Topic Hierarchy that it uses to index legal opinions as well as other primary and secondary materials. The highest level of the Topic Hierarchy corresponds to broad legal practice areas. As you expand each topic, you will find more specific Subtopics.
To use the Lexis Advance Topic Hierarchy to locate relevant cases click on "Browse" > "Topics" in the options at the top of the Lexis Advance main search box. You can find a relevant legal Topic by either:
Once you find a relevant topic, click on the topic and select either
Immigration Law > General Overview
Family Law > Adoption > Adoption Procedures > Foreign Adoption
Education Law > Students > Foreign Students
International Law > Individual & Sovereign States > Asylum
The West Key Number Digest contains the complete topic and key number outline used by West attorney-editors. You can use the West Key Number Digest to find topic and key numbers related to your issue and to retrieve cases with headnotes classified under those topic and key numbers. To access the West Key Number Digest, click the Key Numbers in the All Content tab on the home page. To browse the list of topic and key numbers, click the links. Once you identify relevant topic and key numbers, click the individual Key Number to retrieve headnotes. To view the full text of a case, click its title.
Aliens, Immigration, and Citizenship
Adoption (Key Number 25 Foreign Adoption)