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, 2015.
Students who have registered for Lexis Advance need not do anything further for continued access. From April 30 to August 20, 2015, students may use their Lexis Advance password for any purpose at school or at work. On August 21, 2015 usage reverts to academic use only (this includes use at work for school credit or if the work fulfills a graduation requirement).
Register online for Lexis Advance by going to:
Lexis.com Summer Access Exceptions: Students who need special content not available on Lexis Advance and available on Lexis.com will be considered for full Lexis.com summer access on a case-by-case basis.
Law School Graduate Program: LexisNexis offers a complimentary ID that for use through December 31, 2015. 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, 2016. If you have any other questions regarding access during the summer or after graduation, please contact our LexisNexis representative, Nejat Bumin, Esq. (email: email@example.com; 800.437.8674 ext. 7287).
To apply for either the Lexis Law School Graduate or ASPIRE programs, please visit:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; 800.437.8674 ext. 7287) or the Reference Desk (212.431.2332; email@example.com; AIM, Google Talk and Yahoo Messenger: NYLSLIB) with any questions.
Continuing students: Beginning June 1st, Westlaw student passwords automatically include 40 hours of access on each platform (WestlawNext and Westlaw Classic) during each month of June and July.
Students may extend their passwords and obtain full access for the following academic uses (see Westlaw’s web site for specific restrictions):
- Summer law school classes and study abroad programs
- Law Review and Journal, including write-on competitions
- Research assistant
- Moot Court
- Unpaid internship/externship
Students may extend their passwords by logging into lawschool.westlaw.com and clicking a banner located on lawschool.westlaw.com. If you take no action, your account will remain active but limited in the number of hours for June and July.
Students with summer employment in law firms, corporations, government agencies and alike should not use their academic password for research and must use their firm issued password.
On August 1, 2015, returning students’ passwords will be reactivated to full academic use. Westlaw also offers an extension for graduating students called Grad Elite, which offers limited access for 6 month after graduation. There will be a banner on lawschool.westlaw.com where students can sign up for the program.
Please contact our Westlaw Account Manager, Maisa Chiang (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Reference Desk (212-431-2332; email@example.com; AIM, Google Talk & Yahoo Messenger: nylslib) with any questions.
More information about Westlaw.
Bloomberg Law is a comprehensive legal information system integrating legal content (cases, statutes, regulations, and a citator service), litigation and transactional law resources, company and client information, and news and secondary content. Bloomberg Law also offers free access to Federal and state court dockets and filings, and over 800,000 real-world transactional documents.
Access and Passwords
Bloomberg Law offers students unlimited and unrestricted access to your Bloomberg Law accounts for any purpose, anytime, anywhere, including for use over the summer. Graduating students will retain unlimited and unrestricted access to our accounts for 6 months after graduation.
To register for a Bloomberg Law account, go to http://www.bloomberglaw.com/activate and fill in the form. 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.
For more information contact the 24/7 Bloomberg Law Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-560-2529, or via the Live Chat feature in the Help Center. You can also contact our Bloomberg Law relationship manager, Jed Lewin, Esq., at email@example.com.
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.
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 from off campus or 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) firstname.lastname@example.org; AIM, Google Talk & Yahoo Messenger: nylslib) with any questions.