2019 Summer and Post-Grad Access to Westlaw, Lexis & Bloomberg

Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg LogosCan you access your Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg accounts over the summer?  What about after graduation? The answer to both is yes, but with some restrictions for Westlaw and for graduates.  See below for more information.

Westlaw Access


Over the summer, you can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for non-commercial research (not for billing a client).  Examples of permissible uses include:

  • Summer coursework
  • Research assistant assignments
  • Law review or journal research
  • Moot Court research
  • Non-profit work
  • Clinical work
  • Externship sponsored by the school

If you are working for a firm or a for-profit organization, you should use the Westlaw account provided by your employer.


Graduates should register for Grad Elite access through a pop-up that you will see when you log in.  Don’t see the pop-up? Try logging out and logging back in. Grad Elite lasts for 6 months after graduation.  Grads can use Westlaw and Practical law for non-commercial use for 60 hours per month. Additionally, you will have access to job-searching databases for 18 months after graduation for one hour a month.

Lexis Access


You can access Lexis with your law school ID over the summer. This includes BOTH academic use and work use (no restrictions).  See Lexis’ program page for more information.


Spring 2019 graduates will have regular access until July 5, 2019.  You will then have “graduate status” until December 31, 2019 (longer if you are working for a non-profit and apply for an Aspire extension).  Student Awards expire on June 30, 2019. See Lexis’ Grad Access page for more information.

Bloomberg Law Access

Bloomberg Law offers students unrestricted use over the summer and for 6 months following graduation.  See the Law Student Resources page.


If you have any questions regarding access to any of these services, please feel free to contact our account representatives:

About Debbie Ginsberg

Debbie was the Educational Technology Librarian at the Chicago-Kent College of Law until she left for a new job in 2021
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