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Summer Use Restrictions for Continuing Students

Each service has different rules for continuing usage if you qualify for an extension. (Also see Academic Use Restrictions for Westlaw below.)

Lexis:

Lexis offers full access to Lexis Advance all summer (during June, July, and August) to continuing students for any reason (educational or commercial).

Students with a registered Lexis Advance ID automatically will have full access for any purpose through August 31, 2013. Students will have full access to Lexis.com near the end of June when a single log-on to Lexis Advance and Lexis.com is implemented; full access to Lexis.com will continue through August 31, 2013.

Westlaw:

Westlaw offers 40 hours of access to WestlawNext and to Westlaw Classic for educational purposes in June and in July.

Students can extend access to full access over the summer if they have a valid educational need under one of the following provisions:

  • taking summer classes;
  • law review member;
  • moot court member;
  • faculty research assistant; and
  • unpaid non-profit public interest internship/externship or pro bono work required for graduation.

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

For full access, after logging on to Westlaw, register at this link, OR log into Westlaw and look for the image that says "Need your Westlaw password this summer?" and click on the button that says "Go." By the way, Live Help for law school passwords will continue to be available all summer for WestlawNext, but it will be suspended for Westlaw Classic on May 31st and will resume service on August 1st.

Bloomberg Law:

Bloomberg Law offers full access to continuing students 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 network.

For Graduating Students

Lexis:

Lexis offers full access to Lexis Advance for graduating students through July 31, 2013 for any reason (academic, commercial, and Bar Review).

Students with a registered Lexis Advance ID automatically will have full access for any purpose through July 31, 2013. Graduating students can get access to Lexis Advance through December 31, 2013, by enrolling in its Graduate Program; to enroll, complete this form. If you enroll, you will receive a new Lexis Advance ID via e-mail in early July (your current law school ID will expire after July 31, 2013). This new Graduate Program ID can only be used for educational, bar review, and job search purposes; it cannot be used for commercial purposes.

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

Westlaw:

Westlaw is offering graduating students 5 hours of access to WestlawNext and Westlaw Classic in June and in July to help prepare for the bar. Graduate access will expire on July 31, 2013.

Graduating students should have received an email from Westlaw allowing them to sign-up for the extension. If you did not receive this email and you are interested in the Westlaw summer access, log into Westlaw, and look for the image that says "Need your Westlaw password this summer?" Click on the "Go" button, and follow the instructions from there. In the alternative, you can go directly to this link.

Bloomberg Law:

Bloomberg Law offers graduating students full access for 6 months after graduation for any reason (educational or commercial).

Lexis Advance Access for 2013 Graduates and Rising 2Ls & 3Ls Pursuing Public Interest Work:

2013 graduates and Rising 2Ls & 3Ls 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 and Rising 2Ls and 3Ls go here; all applicants will log in, complete the form, and submit the required documentation. Eligible students 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 throughout the user's public interest employment period, up until September 1, 2014 maximum.

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.

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 bar 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.

Lexis Graduate Program IDs may only be used for educational, bar review, and job search purposes. 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).

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