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Library Services & Instructional Continuity During Spring 2021

Reference Librarians

Whatever you’re doing this summer, you’ll likely need to perform some legal research, and the library has you covered.

Reference librarians will be available Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by email, and we’ll do our best to respond promptly to emails sent outside those times. We can also schedule phone or Zoom calls for more extensive research questions.

Research Guides

We also have an extensive collection of research guides on a variety of subjects: https://wcl.american.libguides.com/. If you need a primer or refresher on a topic, our research guides are a great place to start.

Lexis, Westlaw & Bloomberg Law Access

Lexis+

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

Graduates: Spring graduates will be able to continue using their law school Lexis+ ID through December 31, 2021. No registration is required. Graduates can sign into Lexis+ as usual. You will have access to the same legal and news content enjoyed in law school, excluding public records.

Westlaw Edge

Summer: Students can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw Edge and Practical Law, over the summer for non-commercial research. You cannot use them in situations where you are billing a client. Examples of permissible uses for your academic password include the following:

  • Summer course work
  • Research assistant assignments
  • Law review or journal research
  • Moot court research
  • Clinical work
  • Externships

 

Students do not have to do anything to gain access to these tools over the summer.

Graduates: Students have access to Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw Edge and Practical Law, for eighteen months after graduation. Your “Grad Elite” access gives you 60-hours of usage on these products per month to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills. While you cannot use it in situations where you are billing a client, Thomson Reuters encourages you to use these tools to build your knowledge of the law and prepare for your bar exam. Extend access by logging into: http://www.lawschool.tr.com or clicking on this link: https://lawschool.westlaw.com/authentication/gradelite.

Bloomberg Law

Summer: Students may use Bloomberg Law in any capacity they choose during summer (academic, work, research).

Graduates: Spring graduates have access to Bloomberg Law for 6 months after graduation. There are no out of plan or search limitations.