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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:

Continuing students with a registered Lexis Advance ID automatically will have full access to Lexis Advance and Lexis.com for any purpose (educational or commercial) from May 12th through August 31st.

Westlaw:

Westlaw offers some access to WestlawNext for educational purposes over the summer.

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 and study abroad programs;
  • 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 "Request a Password Extension" and click on the button that says "Learn More." By the way, Live Help for law school passwords will continue to be available all summer for WestlawNext.

Note: As of July 1st, Westlaw Classic will no longer be available at law schools. (Westlaw is discontinuing this platform for academic accounts.)

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 network.

For Graduating Students

Lexis:

Graduating students with a registered Lexis Advance ID automatically will have full access to Lexis Advance and Lexis.com for any purpose (educational, commercial, or Bar Review) from May 12th through July 31st.

Graduating students can get access to Lexis Advance and Lexis.com through December 31st, 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 July (your current law school ID will expire after July 31st). 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 access to WestlawNext through November 30th to help study for the bar and prepare for practice.

Graduating students should have received an email from Westlaw allowing them to sign-up for the extension after they complete a survey. If you did not receive this email and you are interested in the Westlaw extended access, log into Westlaw, and look for the image that says "Request a Password Extension," click on the button that says "Learn More" and follow the instructions from there. In the alternative, you can go directly to this link.

Note: Graduating students who extend their passwords will have access to Westlaw Next through November 30th, but access to Westlaw Classic will cease July 1st. (Westlaw is discontinuing this platform for academic accounts.)

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 2014 Graduates Pursuing Public Interest Work:

2014 graduates may continue their Lexis Advance and Lexis.com 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 and Lexis.com access will be provided throughout the user's public interest employment period, up until September 1, 2015 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.

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 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).

QUOTE

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- Louis Stanley Jast, Librarian


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