Summer Access to Databases

Summer Use Restrictions for Continuing Students

Each service has different rules for continuing usage over the summer. (Also see Academic Use Restrictions for Westlaw and Lexis below.)

Lexis

Continuing students with a registered Lexis Advance ID automatically will have full access to Lexis Advance for any purpose (educational or commercial) over the summer.

Westlaw

Westlaw offers some access for educational (non-commercial) purposes over the summer for continuing students.  

Examples of permissible summer uses include:
•    taking summer classes;
•    law review member;
•    moot court member;
•    faculty research assistant; 
•    unpaid non-profit public interest internship/externship;
•    clinical work for school credit, and 
•    externship for school credit.

(Students who are provided stipends, grants or funding by their schools or organizations for non-profit work over the summer are receiving compensation, and this is not a permissible summer use.)

Bloomberg Law

Continuing students with a registered Bloomberg Law ID automatically will have full access all summer for any reason (educational or commercial).

Subscription Databases

Continuing law students have off-campus access to the law library's subscription databases. A comprehensive list is available on the Subscription Database page. Once a student clicks on a database listed on the page above, he/she will be prompted to log-in. The user name and password are the same as the ones used to log into the law school email.

For Graduating Students

Lexis

Graduating students with a registered Lexis Advance ID automatically will have full access to Lexis Advance through December 31, 2017 for educational, bar review, and job search purposes.  Graduating students’ view of the Lexis Home Page will switch from their current view to the graduate view.  

Alternatively, graduating students doing public interest work may be eligible for Lexis' ASPIRE program; see below for details. 

Westlaw

Westlaw is offering graduating students full access to Westlaw for 60 hours per month for non-commercial use through November 30, 2017 to help study for the bar and for job searching purposes, but you must take action to get this access!  

To extend your access through November 30, 2017, log into Westlaw at www.lawschool.westlaw.com and follow the instructions.  

If you extended your access through November 30, 2017, you will continue to have access to Westlaw for job searching purposes for 1 hour per month through November 2018.

Bloomberg Law

Graduating students with a registered Bloomberg Law ID automatically will have full access for 6 months after graduation for any reason (educational or commercial).

Lexis Advance Access for 2017 Graduates Pursuing Public Interest Work

2017 graduates may continue their Lexis Advance access IF they are doing verifiable public interest work directly for a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. To register for the LexisNexis Associates Serving Public Interests Research (ASPIRE) Program, graduating students go here to log in, complete the form, and submit the required documentation. Eligible graduates will receive free access to federal and state cases, statutes, regulations, law reviews, Shepard's, and Matthew Bender treatises. Complimentary Lexis Advance access will be provided for one year. 

Public interest work does not include:
•    Government work (even if unpaid), which includes clerking for a judge, or working for a district attorney's office, a public defender's office, or an administrative agency;
•    Work for a law firm (even if it represents a non-profit organization);
•    Solo practice (even if it encompasses non-profit work);
•    Pro bono work that is neither non-profit nor charitable in nature.

Within two weeks of submitting the ASPIRE registration, graduates will be notified via email whether their eligibility and documentation meet the requirements. Eligible graduates will receive a new ID and password for ASPIRE access.

Questions

For any questions regarding these services over the summer, please stop by the reference desk or call 305-284-3585, use Ask a Librarian, or e-mail Pam Lucken.

Academic Use Restrictions

Westlaw educational passwords may only be used by law students currently enrolled at the University of Miami and solely for educational purposes. This includes work for law classes, student journals, or other law student activities. In addition, usage is permitted when students work as research assistants for faculty members. Any other use, including research for outside employers or clients, is strictly prohibited.

Westlaw educational passwords may only be used by graduating students who extend their passwords for bar study and job search purposes through November 30, 2017, and for job searching purposes only through November 2018.  Any other use, including research for outside employers or clients, is strictly prohibited.

Lexis Graduate IDs may only be used for educational, bar review, and job search purposes through December 31, 2017; any other use, including research for employers or clients, is strictly prohibited.    

Lexis ASPIRE IDs may only be used for public interest work (see exclusions above).

QUICKLINKS

Training
Library Hours
Library Staff
Ask a Librarian

ACCESSING DATABASES FROM OFF-CAMPUS OR USING WIRELESS
Instructions: Video  |  Text

HELPFUL PHONE NUMBERS

Library Reference: 305-284-3585
Library Circulation: 305-284-3563
Automated Operator: 305-284-2250
Copy Center: 305-284-3272
Computer Help Desk: 305-284-5297

 

QUOTE
"Perhaps the two most valuable and satisfactory products of American civilization are the librarian on the one hand and the cocktail in the other."
- Louis Stanley Jast, Librarian

QUICKLINKS

Training
Library Hours
Library Staff
Ask a Librarian

ACCESSING DATABASES FROM OFF-CAMPUS OR USING WIRELESS
Instructions: Video  |  Text

HELPFUL PHONE NUMBERS

Library Reference: 305-284-3585
Library Circulation: 305-284-3563
Automated Operator: 305-284-2250
Copy Center: 305-284-3272
Computer Help Desk: 305-284-5297

 

QUOTE
"Perhaps the two most valuable and satisfactory products of American civilization are the librarian on the one hand and the cocktail in the other."
- Louis Stanley Jast, Librarian