Several of you have asked about summer access to Westlaw and LexisNexis. Westlaw and Lexis both have restrictions on the use of their products during the summer. If you do qualify to use Westlaw and/or Lexis during the summer you will need to register with them. If you qualify for permissible use during the summer you can extend your Westlaw password here and your Lexis password here after you have signed on. Permissible and non-permissible uses from the companies’ websites are provided below. For any specific questions, please contact our school’s representatives — Kristy Ballard from LexisNexis and Christi Klein from Westlaw.


Current Students: Summer law school classes, Law review or journal work, Project for a professor, Moot court, Unpaid, non-profit public interest internship/externship pro bono work required for graduation

Graduating Students: Prepare for the July bar exam

Passwords may NOT be used for research for law firms, government agencies, corporations or other purposes unrelated to law school coursework. Students graduating this academic year are not eligible.

Even if you don’t qualify to extend your Westlaw password, your password can still be used 2 hours a month in June and July.


Students and faculty may use their LexisNexis Law School Educational ID only for academic purposes. “Academic purposes” include, but are not limited to: class preparation and assignments, research associated with moot court or law review/law journal, research associated with pursuing a grant or scholarship, service as a research assistant to a professor (either paid or unpaid), an unpaid internship, externship or clinic position for school credit, clerkship for credit, bar review

“Academic purposes” do not include research conducted for a law firm, corporation or other entity (other than a professor or law school) that is paying the student to conduct said research, or that is passing along the costs of said research to a third party. These are deemed “commercial purposes”.

As such, students’ access will be restricted to a limited menu of employment research related materials beginning June 1. These menu limitations will be lifted on August 1.