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Legal Research Tips for Your Summer Work: Summer Bloomberg, Lexis & Westlaw Access


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Video Tutorials

The Maloney Library maintains an extensive collection of video tutorials on many of the topics covered in this guide. 

Video Tutorials

Lexis Summer & Graduate Access

Summer Access Program: 

Students will automatically have free unlimited use of their law school Lexis+ ID this summer. This includes workplace-related research though students should check with their employer. Many firms prefer that summer associates use a firm-issued Lexis ID. No registration is required for summer access; students sign in as usual.

Graduate Program

Spring graduates can continue using their law school Lexis ID for six months following graduation. No registration is required. 

Westlaw Summer Access

Student Summer Westlaw Usage:

You can use Thomson Reuters’ products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, over the summer for non-commercial research. You can turn to these resources to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills, but you cannot use them in situations where you are billing a client. Examples of permissible uses for your academic password include:

• Summer coursework

• Research assistant assignments

• Law Review or Journal research

• Moot Court research

• Non-Profit work

• Clinical work

• Externship sponsored by the school


Practice Ready Graduate Westlaw Usage:

You can use Thomson Reuters’ products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for 18 months after graduation. Your “Grad Elite” access gives you 60 hours of usage per month, with no restrictions against using them for professional purposes. These tools include:

• Westlaw

• Practical Law

• Practice Point

• Drafting Assistant Essential

• Doc and Form Builder

• ProView*

• LegalEdcenter* - one-year, no CLE


YOU MUST OPT IN FOR GRAD ELITE Access (and can do so in one of two ways):
1) Go to, and, after logging on, use the drop-down menu by your name to go to Grad Elite Status
2) Or Click on this link:

Bloomberg Law Summer Access

Continuing students have continuous access to Bloomberg Law over the summer without interruptions, subject to the yearly limit of $1,500 on Dockets. Registration is not required. 

Graduates have 6 months of post-graduation access. Registration is not required.