Law Tigers, in a month final exams and papers will be soon to be forgotten memory. Many of you will be beginning a summer job/externship/internship. After finals, many of your favorite legal research resources may no longer be available to you. The different online services have their own quirks as to summer usage. And, graduating students may also receive differing treatment. Here’s a guide to summer database access.
Bloomberg Law accounts are valid between school terms and for 6 months after you graduate. Your Law School Bloomberg account may be used for both academic and paid employment related purposes, including full access to federal court filings from PACER. If you do not already have a Bloomberg Law account, you may request a Law School Account with your Pawprint: https://www.bloomberglaw.com/activate.
LexisNexis will provide unlimited access this summer to Lexis Advance for both academic and paid employment related purposes. 2013 graduates will have full access to Lexis Advance through July 31; continuing students will have unlimited access throughout the summer.
Westlaw offers extensions of your Law School password for academic work, including: summer classes, journal work, projects for faculty, moot court, unpaid/non-profit public interest internships or externships, or a pro bono project that is required for graduation. Commercial use of your Law School password (such as at a law firm summer job) is strictly prohibited. Recent graduates can also extend their Westlaw passwords to obtain 10 free hours of research time for bar exam study. If you qualify for a summer extension of your Westlaw password, log onto Westlaw and click on the button on the bottom right for summer access. And, remember free Westlaw printing at the Law Library ends at the end of this Spring semester.
Other MU Databases: Access to Law School and University databases for continuing students will continue over the summer with Pawprint access. Recent graduates, however, will find that their off-campus internet based access to other subscription databases (such as HeinOnline) expires very quickly after graduation. Alumni may continue to access many University and Law School subscription databases on-site at the Reference Alcove computer terminals.
If you have questions about summer access of particular resources, contact Cindy Bassett, Electronic Services Librarian.