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Prepare to Practice

Selected resources for Summer Associates and new graduates. With a few practical tips from Prof. Carney.


The Big Three: Lexis Advance, Westlaw Next, and Bloomberg Law (Not James, Irving, and Love!)


Lexis and Bloomberg allow students to use their accounts during the summer (of 2016) for educational and work research. Students may request to extend their Westlaw Next access during the summer for educational purposes or unpaid internships or externships. Westlaw states that keeping educational and work accounts separate is important to make students practice-ready; allow law firm collaboration; streamline billing issues; and ensure confidentiality. 

CWRU Law students may contact us with reference questions, even during the summer!

After Graduation

Bloomberg allows six months of unrestricted use following graduation.

Lexis Advance is available for six months after graduation, specifically for bar preparation, researching employers, and preparing to start your career. Graduates engaged on legitimate public nonprofit (501(c)(3)) work may apply for free access to certain Lexis Advance materials for a year through the ASPIRE program.

Graduates may apply for the Grad Elite program, in order to prepare for the bar; registered graduates receive 60 hours of Westlaw access through the end of November.

Additional Options 

Other CALR options include Casemaker, Fastcase, and free, U.S. government websites. Attorneys usually receive free access to either Casemaker or Fastcase as part of their local bar membership. CWRU Law students may also acquire a Casemaker account by becoming student members of the Ohio Bar Association.

Joining a local law library association, such as the Cleveland Law Library is an affordable way to access additional print and electronic books and additional databases that are part of the membership benefits. Additional reference and document delivery services may also be available.

Free Government sources include FDSYS (federal statutes, regulation, and agency information); the U.S. Supreme Court (including bound volumes back to #502; the Ohio Supreme Court, and the (unannotated)Ohio Revised Code and Administrative Code. Most state codes (statutes) are available via the internet. (Though busy lawyers -- especially ones with flat-rate Lexis or Westlaw access at work-- may want to stick with researching annotated state codes.)