Summer Extension of Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis, Westlaw & more

Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis and Westlaw all have special summer access provisions and usage policies for graduating law students . Register now to ensure that these research databases are there when you need them.


Summer access is both for returning students as well as graduating 3Ls whose IDs will expire July 31, 2014.

Student access to LexisNexis over the summer is available May 1 to August 31 only through Lexis Advance, based on an academic subscription plan maintained by New York Law School.From May 1 to August 31 students may use their Lexis Advance password for any purpose at school or at work. On September 1, 2014 usage reverts to academic use only (this includes use at work for school credit or if the work fulfills a graduation requirement).

There is no longer a summer access registration requirement; students simply need to have a registered Lexis Advance ID. Students who have registered for Lexis Advance need not do anything further for continued access.

Register online for Lexis Advance by going to: Summer Access Exceptions: Students who need special content not available on Lexis Advance and available on will be considered for full summer access on a case-by-case basis.

Law School Graduate Program: LexisNexis offers a complimentary ID that for use through December 31st 2014. This special ID is intended to help you study for the bar, conduct your job search and become more efficient in Lexis Advance® research.

ASPIRE Program: The ASPIRE (Associates Serving Public Interest Research) program provides complimentary access to a LexisNexis menu consisting of federal and state case law, codes, regulations and law reviews to equip graduates with resources to effectively support their nonprofit and public interest work.  Graduates who apply to this program must work directly for a non-profit or charitable organization, and be able to provide documentation (e.g. email) from a superior of the same. Exclusions include government work (even if unpaid), work for a law firm (even if it represents a non-profit organization), and solo practice (even if it encompasses non-profit work). A 501(c)(3) organization is defined as one that is organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educational purposes. Graduates should receive a new Lexis Advance ID about a week after they submit the completed application. The Lexis Advance ID will provide access through Sept 1, 2015.To apply for the ASPIRE program, please visit you have any other questions regarding access during the summer or after graduation, please contact our LexisNexis representative, Nejat Bumin, Esq. (email:; 800.437.8674 ext. 7287).

Download the LexisNexisAlumniAccess_2014 flyer.

Students who have changed their expected graduation date since first issued a LexisNexis ID their first year must contact LexisNexis Customer Service (800-45 LEXIS) to change their graduation date on the LexisNexis system.

Please contact our LexisNexis representative, Nejat Bumin, Esq. (email:; 800.437.8674 ext. 7287) or the Reference Desk (212.431.2332;; AIM, Google Talk and Yahoo Messenger: NYLSLIB) with any questions.


Continuing students: Beginning June 1st, your student password automatically includes 40 hours of access on each platform (WestlawNext and Westlaw Classic) during each month of June and July.

Students have the option of extending full access to Westlaw over the summer if they meet one or more of the following educational purposes (see Westlaw’s web site for specific restrictions):

  • Enrolled in summer law school
  • On law journal or moot court
  • Working as a research fellow for a faculty member
  • Working at an unpaid, non-profit, public interest internship/externship or pro bono work required for graduation, provided you are not being paid for your research and your employer is not being paid for Westlaw research you conduct for your employer.

On August 1, 2014, returning students’ passwords will be reactivated to full academic use.

Graduating students: Westlaw has changed the password extension policy for graduates as of 5/9/14. Graduating students who need Westlaw access (both WestlawNext and Westlaw Classic) to prepare for the bar examination can extend their passwords until November 2014 by updating their registration on the Westlaw lawschool site.

In order to take advantage of this extension, you must update your registration at:

To register for the summer use extension, non-graduating and graduating students can login to Westlaw, and update their registration. Use of an academic password for commercial purposes is prohibited. Thomson-West reserves the right to collect from users all Westlaw charges incurred through use of lawschool passwords for other than educational purposes at Westlaw’s commercial rates.

Please contact our Westlaw Account Manager, Maisa Chiang (email:  or the Reference Desk (212-431-2332;; AIM, Google Talk & Yahoo Messenger: nylslib) with any questions.

More information about Westlaw.

Bloomberg Law

Bloomberg Law is a legal research system integrating legal content (cases, statutes, regulations, and a citator service), company and client information, and business news from Bloomberg LLC all in one place. Bloomberg Law also offers Federal and state court dockets and filings, sample transactional documents and daily briefings in securities, regulation, bankruptcy law, intellectual property, and trial and litigation.

Access and Passwords

Bloomberg Law provides unlimited summer access to their service. Access to Bloomberg Law is through the Bloomberg Law website ( with a username and password issued by Bloomberg.

To request a password, follow the instructions at:

You must register using your student email address, but you do not need an activation code. After you submit the form, Bloomberg Law will send you access information.

Graduating students: For May 2014 graduating students, you retain access for 6 months after graduation.

For more information,  contact the 24/7 Bloomberg Law Help Desk at 888-560-BLAW (2529) or, or our Bloomberg Law relationship manager, Jed Lewin, Esq., at

More information about Bloomberg Law.


Comparable in many ways to Lexis and Westlaw, this is a legal research service that offers full-text searchable access to comprehensive libraries of federal and state cases, statutes, constitutions, court rules, administrative regulations, and attorney general opinions. The service is expanding to include libraries of newspapers, federal court filings, and legal forms. We have an IP based subscription, which you can access via our list of Electronic Resources.

Other Databases

Remember, you always have access to our many, many other legal and non-legal databases. To see a list of the more than one hundred such databases, go to our Electronic Resources page.

All students are welcome to use these databases on campus via their own computer, or the computer labs. You may access the databases via our Electronic Resources page. Explore the Library’s legal research databases, and don’t forget about E-Journals A to Z.

For more information, contact the Reference Desk (212.431.2332; 917.300.1933 (text); AIM, Google Talk & Yahoo Messenger: nylslib) with any questions.