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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 and Lexis 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 April 23rd through August 18th.

Westlaw:

Westlaw offers some access to WestlawNext for educational purposes over the summer. If you qualify, you must take action to get full access!

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 "Extend Your Password for the Summer" and click on the "Go" button.

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 through December 31, 2015 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 full access to WestlawNext through November 30th 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 30th, log into Westlaw and look for the image that says "Extend Your WestlawNext Password Until You Get Your Bar Results" and click on the "Go" button, OR register at this link.

Graduating students who extend their passwords also will be able to access information to help with their job search through May 8, 2016.

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 2015 Graduates Pursuing Public Interest Work:

2015 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 30, 2016 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.

Westlaw educational passwords may only be used by graduating students who extend their passwords for (i) bar study and job search purposes through November 30, 2015; and (ii) job search purposes through May 8, 2016. 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. 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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