Bloomberg Law Certification

Legal research certification look great on your resume.

Bloomberg Law certification courses are available here.   Students will need to register for a certification account and will then be able to sign in to view the courses, take the exams, and obtain their certificates. 

In addition to the interactive certification program, Bloomberg’s webinar program continues this semester with twice weekly live webinars.  Please find the schedule here.  The webinars are recorded, and these recordings are available on the same page.

Bloomberg Law Dockets – New Limits for Academic Use

If you are thinking of doing an extremely large project involving Bloomberg Law Dockets you may want to contact the Law Library first. There are now limits to state and federal docket charges students and faculty may incur. The maximum per year is $1,500, which, at ten cents a page translates to 15,000 pages from federal dockets. It is unlikely that you will need such a large number of pages, but we thought we would let you know just in case. You can view Bloomberg Law’s Policy on Dockets Charges by Academic Users here.

Law Database Access for Winter Graduates

You still have access to these great databases for some time after graduation!

LexisNexis

  • Overview: The Graduate Program provides recent law school graduates extended access to Lexis+; a customized version of the Law School Home Page with graduate specific content; and a choice of a graduation gift from LexisNexis.
  • Extended Access to Lexis+:  Winter graduates have access to Lexis+ via their law school IDs through June 30, 2021. This ID also grants them access to the Graduate Home Page.
  • Graduate Home Page: By February 1, 2021, the winter graduates’ view of the Law School Home Page will switch to the graduate view. This new view provides helpful information for their careers and job search.
  • Graduate Gift:  Graduates can select a “Graduate Gift” from the new graduate view of the Law School Home Page. This year’s gifts are LexisNexis eBooks and online subscriptions for Practical Guidance, Intelligize, Lexis for Microsoft Office, and Law360.
  • LexisNexis Rewards Expiration: like previous years, winter graduates have until January 31, 2021 to redeem their LexisNexis Rewards points.
  • Aspire Program:  Graduates conducting verifiable 501(c)(3) public interest work may sign up for the Lexis ASPIRE Program for extended access to some items.  Please contact our Lexis Account Representative, Jennifer Durkin, at jennifer.durkin@lexisnexis.com, if you have any questions.

Westlaw

You can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for 18-months after graduation. Your “Grad Elite” access gives you 60-hours of usage per month. Commercial/Professional use is allowed and encouraged.  The tools include:

  • Westlaw
  • Practical Law
  • Knowledge Center
  • Practical Law Connect
  • Drafting Assistant Essential
  • Doc and Form Builder
  • ProView
  • West LegalEdCenter -one-year, no CLE

Extend access by logging into http://www.lawschool.westlaw.com and registering for Graduate Elite.

Click on your name in the upper right, and select Grad Elite Status

Bloomberg Law

Graduates automatically keep full access to Bloomberg Law through their individual account for six months following graduation.  Please contact our Bloomberg Law School Relationship Manager, Terry Stedman, tstedman@bna.com, if you have any questions.

Other databases:

Lexis Certification – Learn! Get Prizes!

Any Law student will get certified and get the Lexis points, but the special drawing is just for 1Ls.

Special Prizes for 1Ls: Two 1L’s will be chosen at Akron Law to win $100 worth of gift card(s) each.  You pick the retailer!
You are not splitting your chances among multiple schools. Your odds of winning are great!
Must get Lexis-certified by November 30th 2020 to be eligible for raffle
Certification is a great resume booster and something required by many employers
Learn valuable research skills for school and employment

Two ways to get certified:
Option One: On your own. You follow this link and complete 3 modules. Once you complete the modules you take the certification exam.  200 points awarded once you pass the exam. https://www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool/lsp/p/lrchomepage.aspx  

If you choose Option One, screenshot the page that says you got certified for entry in drawing and mail it to jennifer.durkin@lexisnexis.com

Option Two: At a certification workshop.  Schedule below. Attend a workshop led by your Lexis Rep, Jennifer Durkin or one of the Lexis Associates at your school.  The workshop will take about 30 minutes but we guarantee you will become certified.

Certification Workshop Attendees will receive 750 points for attending and completing the certification exam.  That’s enough for a $10 Starbucks card! * Note that if you have already attended a training this year, this amount may be slightly less. 

Certification Workshop Schedule

Mondays beginning October26th
10 am Join Zoom Meeting
https://relx.zoom.us/j/97361278158

4:30pm Join Zoom Meeting
https://relx.zoom.us/j/97540900944

Tuesdays beginning October 27th
Noon          Join Zoom Meeting
https://relx.zoom.us/j/91667584382

Wednesdays beginning October 28th
Noon          Join Zoom Meeting
https://relx.zoom.us/j/95811799738

7:00pm  Join Zoom Meeting
https://relx.zoom.us/j/98185508633

Thursdays beginning October 22nd
Noon    Join Zoom Meeting
https://relx.zoom.us/j/96885287702

7:00pm Join Zoom Meeting  (Note: No meeting on Thankgiving) https://relx.zoom.us/j/96556620928


Sundays beginning October 25th  
8:00pm  Join Zoom Meeting
https://relx.zoom.us/j/92591602056

*Other appointments available upon request

Questions?  Contact your Lexis rep Jennifer Durkin at jenniferdurkin@lexisnexis.com or call/text 216.744.3690

Quarantine for Library Materials

The library advises users not to disinfect materials by spraying or wiping them with cleaning solutions or through any other means. We recommend simply quarantining the items for 72 hours. For additional information about library materials and COVID-19 transmission, review the findings of the REALM Project to Produce Science-Based Information to Help Mitigate Exposure to Virus. Materials that are returned to the law library will be quarantined for three days before they are available for use.