Rising 2Ls and 3Ls
LexisNexis Summer Access
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 not only have unlimited free access to Lexis Advance upon graduation, but this year Lexis has further extended that access since many bar exams are being cancelled or delayed. The extended access is to help recent graduates 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 February 28, 2021. This ID also grants them access to the Graduate Home Page and gives them a graduation gift Graduate Home Page: On or about July 1, 2020, the spring graduates view of the Law School Home Page will switch from their current view to the graduate view. This new view will provide helpful information for career and job search needs. Graduation Gift: As soon as Spring 2020 grads have access to the Grad website, they will be able to select one of four "Graduation Gifts form LexisNexis. This year's gifts are:
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.
*Employers may prefer summer associates use a firm provided ID for client work.
Bloomberg Law's summer access allows rising 2Ls and 3Ls to use their Bloomberg Law account during the summer without restriction.
additional registration required. However, Bloomberg Law does suggest that students check with their firm to ensure that work product is managed appropriately.
Bloomberg Law's standard policy on graduates provides access for six months after graduation. This year, however, in response to the Covid epidemic and uncertainty surrounding the current legal market, Bloomberg has extended access to Bloomberg Law until June 1, 2021, for anyone graduating Spring of 2020.
WESTLAW AND PRACTICAL LAW
Rising 2Ls and 3Ls
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.
You do not have to do anything to gain access to these tools over the summer. If you have any questions, please contact your Thomson Reuters Academic Account Manager.
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
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 www.lawschool.westlaw.com or at https://lawschool.westlaw.com/authentication/gradelite. 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:
Practical Law Connect
Expert resources organized by task and practice area.
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.