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Summer Success: With Help From the Law Library: Westlaw/Lexis/Bloomberg Summer Access

Just in time training, tips, pointers and deep dives on common projects you may get in your summer work.

Westlaw, LexisNexis, BloombergLaw and Casemakerx Summer Use Rules

BloombergLaw, Westlaw Edge, and LexisNexis all have specific rules for summer usage by law students. Details are below for both summer work and for recent graduates. If you are unsure if a use is allowed, please contact your reps or the Law Library directly. 
Also don't forget about Casemakerx (see more below)

LexisNexis Usage Policies

Summer Access terms:  LexisNexis is available to all UNH Law students once classes end for the semester/academic year, for the summer months of May, June, July and August. LexisNexis believes your participation in a summer associate, internship or clerkship program is a valuable part of your legal education. Your law school IDs can be used for any purpose over the summer, but students should check with their employers first. Some employers would rather students use their firm IDs rather than their law school IDs for billing purposes.   

School year terms: Except as related to the Summer Access program as described above, “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”.

Students and faculty using their LexisNexis legal education IDs for commercial purposes  (defined above) risk forfeiture of their ID; unless the use occurs during the prescribed period of Summer Access for law students. 

Graduates 

Graduates may continue to access Lexis with your Lexis student ID, through December 31, 2021. All law students have automatic extended access. You do not need to register, there are no restrictions, and no limits on your research time. 

Graduate homepage and a Graduation Gift from LexisNexis

When you sign on to lexisnexis.com/LawSchool after July 9, you'll see your new Graduate Homepage. Lexis also has a Graduation Gift; you'll be able to choose between four gifts featured on the Graduate Homepage:

  • LexisNexis ebooks 
  • online subscriptions for:
    • Practical Guidance
    • Intelligize
    • Lexis for Mircosoft Office
    • Law360

Additionally, the Graduate Homepage provides access to research resources, videos, career support and breaking legal news.

Please note : Student Rewards will expire

Please redeem all of your LexisNexis Rewards points by June 30th. On July 5th, when the law school homepage switches to the Graduate Homepage, you will no longer see Rewards points. You can earn and redeem Rewards Points until June 30th, but after that date any points you have not redeemed will expire. 

Have points but don't know what to do with them? Think about donating them to a charity. For each 271 Points you 'donate', the charity of your choice will receive $4.00.  There are a number of charitable options within the Rewards page and one of them is the UNH Law SBA.

ASPIRE Program: Extended Access for Public Service Work

Plan on doing Public Service work after graduation? The ASPIRE program extends your access to Lexis Advance for 12 months.  Eligibility: All graduates (including December graduates) engaged in verifiable 501(c)(3)* public interest work will qualify. You will need to provide documentation verifying your public interest employment. This could be a letter confirming your start date on organization letterhead. If your employment qualifies, apply for an ASPIRE ID using the form at: www.lexisnexis.com/grad-access

If your graduation date has changed or if you have questions about the Lexis Aspire program please reach out to steven.albro@lexisnexis.com

 

 

Westlaw Usage Policies

 

SUMMER POLICY

You can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw® and Practical Law over the summer for non-commercial research. You can turn to these resources to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills, but you cannot use them in situations where you are billing a client. Examples of permissible uses for your academic password include the following:

  • Summer coursework
  • Research assistant assignments
  • Law Review or Journal research
  • Moot Court research
  • Non-Profit work
  • Clinical work
  • Externship sponsored by the school

You do not have to do anything to gain access to these tools over the summer. If you have any questions, please contact your Thomson Reuters Academic Account Manager, Holly Rush at holly.rush@tr.com

GRAD ELITE

You have access to Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for six-months after graduation. Your “Grad Elite” access gives you 60-hours of usage on these products per month to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills. While you cannot use it in situations where you are billing a client, Thomson Reuters encourages you to use these tools to build your knowledge of the law and prepare for your bar exam.

In addition, you get access to Knowledge Center eLearnings and Tutorials on Westlaw for 18-months after graduation. Once you know what your plans are, or if you need a refresher, don’t forget to use the Knowledge Center eLearnings to becoming a pro at research!

 YOU MUST OPT IN TO GRAD ELITE Access:
1) Go to www.lawschool.tr.com; Log in; Use the drop-down menu by your name to go to Grad Elite Status
2) Or Click on this link:  https://lawschool.westlaw.com/authentication/gradelite 

If you have any questions, please contact your Thomson Reuters Academic Account Manager, Holly Rush at holly.rush@tr.com

screenshot to find Grad Elite on Westlaw.

BloombergLaw Summer Usage

All UNH Law students have unlimited access to BloombergLaw throughout the summer for any type of employment. You can register for BloombergLaw here, and be sure to use your law school email address to verify your enrollment at UNH Law. There is no registration code required. Graduates have access for 6 months after graduation.

If you've previously registered for BloombergLaw but forgotten your password (hint: your username is your law school email), there is a forgot password feature here that will reset your password. 

BloombergLaw contains many unique resources. For example, the robust docket search is superior to Lexis or Westlaw. Additionally, company information, field-specific secondary sources, and extensive analytics all make it worth your time to remember BloomergLaw. 

Casemakerx

Casemakerx

 

Casemaker (some niche New Hampshire content and primary materials)
There are no limitations to your use of CaseMaker in the Summer!!
If you haven’t already - Sign up for CaseMakerX at http://www.casemakerx.com/
Click on the “Sign Up Now!” Button
  • Enter your law school (.edu) email address. This will be your CaseMakerX login username.
  • Set your own password and provide as much information as you wish.
  • Save your password. The library does not have access to your password.Click on the “forgot password” link.
  • A confirmation email will be sent from CaseMakerX. Follow the instructions to confirm your email address.
Enter the Legal Research portion of CaseMakerX
  • Click on the oversized button labeled “CASEMAKERlaw 2.2”
  • Choose a library: Federal or State (multistate available within)