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

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

Summer Access

Lexis allows students unrestricted use of their accounts during the summer of 2017. Westlaw allows some usage, with restrictions over the summer. Bloomberg has traditionally allowed unrestricted summer use.

If you have problems or questions please contact the Reference & Electronic Research Services Librarian, Judith Kaul, or the Law Library Reference Desk, 216-368-5206.

Post-Graduation Access

Bloomberg, Lexis, and CALI allow six months of unrestricted use following graduation.

2017 CWRU Law graduates may access Westlaw and Practice Ready Premier products for 18 months after graduation. Here is additional information

Additional Options

Other CALR options include Casemaker, Fastcase, and free 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.)

The Judge Ben C. Green Law Library has prepared a brief “Prepare to Practice” guide with additional information.