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Summer and Recent Graduates Access to Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg

updated with 2019 Lexis info (April 4, 2019)

Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law (Summer and Recent Graduates)

Rising 2Ls and 3Ls

2019 Lexis Summer and Graduate Information

The 2019 LexisNexis® Summer Access and Graduate Access programs have launched. Please share with your students as applicable.

LexisNexis Summer Access
With the end of the semester fast approaching, students are starting to prepare for their new roles as summer associates. Spread the word about Summer Access to help alleviate their fears regarding research this summer. Once again, Lexis is providing full access to Lexis Advance through students’ law school ID throughout the months of May, June, July and August.  Continued access includes tools, search history and the same exclusive content and practical guidance they have relied on all year long.  Whether clerking, interning or working at a firm, students can use their law school access.*  Summer Access Flyer

LexisNexis Graduate Access
In addition to summer access for 1Ls and 2Ls, graduating 3Ls have continued access toLexis upon graduation to keep their skills up to date and use for job and interview preparation. The Graduate Program gives extended access to Lexis Advance to spring graduates via their law school IDs through December 31, 2019. This ID also grants them access to the Graduate Home Page and gives them a graduation gift (detailed in the flyer).  The transition from a regular law school ID to a graduate ID happens on July 5, 2019.  Graduate Program Flyer

Prepare to Practice
There’s still time for students to complete the popular LexisNexis Prepare to Practice program that helps students succeed in summer and permanent employment. On-campus and on-demand activities focus on the practical skills that summer associates and new associates identified as critical to their success. A new module added to the program covers legal analytics. 
•    LexisNexis Prepare to Practice 
•    LexisNexis Certification Registry

LexisNexis Law School Team

*Employers may prefer summer associates use a firm provided ID for client work. 


Bloomberg Law provides unlimited and unrestricted access over the summer. Your student account will remain active and available all summer, without any additional registration required. 


You may continue to use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, during the summer for non-commercial research only. The purpose of summer access is to enable you to develop confidence and experience in using your research skills. However, you may not use your CWRU Thomson Reuters accounts for research while you are billing a client.

Permissible uses include:

- Summer coursework

- Research assistant assignments

- Law review or journal research 

-  Moot Court research

- Non-Profit work

- Clinical work

- Externship sponsored by CWRU School of Law, for example, judicial externships.

Graduating 3Ls

Graduating 3Ls are welcome to continue using their Bloomberg Law credentials for six months after graduation.

For help or additional information, contact Bloomberg Law Account Manager Isis Filipek,

Westlaw and Practical Law

Your law library is providing you with extended access to Westlaw to give you the opportunity to "connect theory and practice" as you begin your careers as practicing attorneys. To take advantage of this opportunity, you need to enroll in Westlaw's Grad Elite program. You will receive a pop-up when you are logged in, or go here for more information and the chance to agree to joint the Grad Elite program.

Graduating CWRU Law students have access to Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for six months after graduation. Your "Grad Elite" access gives you 60 hours per month of usage of these products to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills. While you cannot use it in situations when 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. In addition, you get access to job searching databases on Westlaw and TWEN for 18 months after graduation for one hour per month. Extend access by logging into or at This plan is designed to help you build your confidence as you work through more complex questions. For the first 18 months after graduation you will continue to have access to the products listed below for 60 hours per month:


Enhanced Westlaw Content

- The Rise of American Law

- Tribal Law

- International Analytical

Westlaw China

Access to comprehensive legal information specific to China. Includes the ability to view laws, regulations, cases, model contracts, and journals.

Practical Law

Access to thousands of how-to guidance materials, such as:

- Practice Notes

- Standard Documents and Standard Clauses

- Checklists
- Toolkits (and more).

Practical Law Connect

Expert resources organized by task and practice area


- Choose between launching Westlaw ebooks as a desktop application or in a web browser. Westlaw books "powered up." Anywhere, anytime, with portability and convenience of the digital format. Titles vary based on the CWRU law library's collection. Training and user guidance is available.



Drafting Assistant Essential

- Streamlined, cloud-based solution to help you draft a variety of documents.
- Users can update documents with KeyCite flags, hyperlink citations, verify proper citation formatting, and build a table of authorities.

Westlaw Doc & Form Builder

- Reinforces students' professional knowledge of forms and filings

- Form Builder oncorporates into a variety of other solutions to streamline form building and provide state-specific examples.



The law library hopes all graduating 3Ls will take advantage of this unique opportunity and use these resources enough to become comfortable employing these solutions. 

Note: Content was taken from Judy Kaul's CWRU Law Library blog entries, and the 2019 Lexis information was from an email from Lexis.