Each service has different rules for continuing usage over the summer. (Also see Academic Use Restrictions for Westlaw and Lexis below.)
Summer Use Restrictions for Continuing Students
Continuing students with a registered Lexis Advance ID automatically will have full access to Lexis Advance for any purpose over the summer.
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.)
Continuing students with a registered Bloomberg Law ID automatically will have full access all summer for any reason (educational or commercial).
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
Graduating students with a registered Lexis Advance ID automatically will have full access to Lexis Advance through December 31, 2018. Graduating students’ view of the Lexis Home Page will switch from their current view to the graduate view in July.
Alternatively, graduating students doing public interest work may be eligible for Lexis' ASPIRE program; see below for details.
Westlaw is offering graduating students full access to Westlaw for 60 hours per month for non-commercial use through November 30, 2018 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, 2018, log into Westlaw at www.lawschool.westlaw.com and follow the instructions.
If you extended your access through November 30, 2018, you will continue to have access to Westlaw for job searching purposes for 1 hour per month through November 2019.
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 2018 Graduates Pursuing Public Interest Work
2018 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.
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, 2018, and for job searching purposes only through November 2019. Any other use, including research for outside employers or clients, is strictly prohibited.
Lexis ASPIRE IDs may only be used for public interest work (see exclusions above).