What does this do in WLS?
prefer-web-inf-classes in WLS will do
The <prefer-web-inf-classes> element, if set to true, will cause classes located in the WEB-INF directory of a Web application to be loaded in preference to classes loaded in the application or system classloader. The default value is false. A value specified in the console will take precedence over a value set manually.
It is very high priority.**********