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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Summer and Graduate Use of Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg Law Accounts

A question often asked by law students at the beginning of the summer is whether or not they can use their Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg Law accounts at their summer jobs, internships, and externships. Recent graduates also may wonder about using their accounts as they study for the bar and beyond. Here are the guidelines for each of the three services:

Bloomberg Law

You may use your Bloomberg Law account during the summer, without restriction. As with Westlaw and LexisNexis, if you are assigned a Bloomberg Law account by your summer employer, use the employer account instead. If you have questions about using Bloomberg Law during the summer, contact our Bloomberg Law rep, Michael Calder (mcalder@bna.com). Bloomberg Law also provides a great collection of resources to help you research efficiently and perform successfully during your summer employment, available here.

LexisNexis

Your law school log-in will allow you unlimited access to all legal content and news in Lexis all summer for both academic and professional purposes. Some employers may give you a Lexis ID of their own to use for work purposes.You do not need to take any action to continue using your account and you will continue to earn points during the summer.

2016 graduates will have their Lexis IDs shifted to graduate IDs on July 1. You may continue using your account until December 31, 201 for bar study and professional purposes. If you have any questions about your account, contact our Lexis rep, Billy Saqr (billy.saqr@lexisnexis.com).


Westlaw

You may extend the use of your Westlaw account for use during the summer for the following academic activities:

  • Summer law school classes and study abroad programs
  • Law review and journal - including write-on competitions
  • Research assistant
  • Moot court
  • Unpaid internship/externship

To extend your password for use during the summer, visit the Westlaw Password Extension website.
Note that this list does NOT include paid work, like working for as  summer associate at a law firm, corporation, or government organization. In those cases, you should use the Westlaw account assigned to you by the firm or organization.

2016 graduates may contact the Law Center’s Westlaw rep, Anna Guerra (anna.guerra@thomsonreuters.com) for information about extending account access through the fall.

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