Law Library Position for Law Students – apply today!

This reference associate position is open to any student that has completed LARW I and II by the end of Fall semester 2018.  Deadline is Monday, December 17, 2018.  The student should be available to start by the week of January 14, 2019, although the student could potentially work over Winter break if they are available.

The Law Library Reference Associate should be available for an average of  7.5-10 hours per week during Spring semester and must be available to work one weekday evening (specifically Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.  A permanent weekly schedule will be set up at the beginning of each semester.  Once the semester schedule is established, the Law Library Associate is responsible for the hours assigned to them.  The student may continue employment in the Summer and in subsequent semesters.

The Law Library Associate will be compensated $10/hour. The Law Library Associate is supervised by a dual-degreed librarian (JD, MLS) who will provide reference training.

Duties include providing informational, directional, reference and research assistance to Law Library patrons.  The Associate will also have circulation duties include answering the phone, answering directional questions, and checking out library materials.  The Law Library Associate will also assist the reference librarians with teaching functions, faculty research projects, creation and maintenance of online library guides, and other projects.

Those interested in applying should email a current resume, your GPA, and your LARW grades to Sue Altmeyer ( by December 17, 2018 .

New Westlaw Drafting Tools

Akron Law students, faculty and staff have access to these time-saving drafting tools:

Drafting Assistant Essential – Upload your document (such as a brief) and automatically Keycite all the cases cited, check citation format, hyperlink citations and automatically build a table of authorities!

Westlaw Doc & Form Builder – Find current forms,  type in answers to questions and voila! your document is created! It even saves client data for future use.

Westlaw Edge Coming September 1

Akron Law will be given early access to Westlaw Edge on September 1, 2018. Westlaw will look a little different, but will have the same search functionality as always – with some exciting new features:

  1. Westlaw Search Plus – Improved artificial intelligence searching helps to quickly find answers to legal questions. Westlaw Search Plus gives you predictive research suggestions as you type.
  2. Litigation Analytics – Compiles docket data to create a history and graphs of: a judge’s ruling tendencies, opposing counsel’s experience, win-rate of a law firm, and lots more.
  3. Overruling Risk Keycite Symbol – A new orange triangle with an exclamation point indicates a case may have been implicitly overruled -e.g., your case relied on another case that has been overruled.
  4. Statutes Compare – Easily compare different versions of a statute to see how the language changed over time.

More information.

If you have any questions, please ask the library staff, or our Westlaw Representative, Sam Berbano,

Cheetah: New Platform for CCH Intelliconnect

The law library now provides access to Cheetah, the new platform for CCH Intelliconnect. All the resources on Intelliconnect are available in this new, easier to use platform. The new platform also works well on mobile devices.

Cheetah contains primary and secondary sources for intellectual property law, tax law, banking & consumer finance, health care law, labor and employment law, and many other topics.

For help, visit Cheetah’s training site or ask a librarian.

Post-Graduation Access for Lexis, Westlaw, etc.

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


  • Lexis Advance IDs: Spring graduates have access to Lexis Advance via their law school IDs through December 31, 2018. This ID also grants them access to the Graduate Home Page (detailed below).
  • LexisNexis Rewards Point Expiration: Like previous years, spring graduates have until June 30, 2018 to redeem their LexisNexis Rewards points.
  • Graduate Home Page: On July 6, 2018, the spring graduates’ view of the Law School Home Page will switch from their current view to the graduate view. This new view will provide helpful information for their careers and job search. Grads will also be able to select a “Graduate Gift.” This year’s gifts are LexisNexis eBooks and online subscriptions for Lexis Practice Advisor, Lexis for Microsoft Office, and Law360.
  • 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, if you have any questions.


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, with no restrictions against using them for professional purposes. These tools include:

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

Extend access by logging into


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,, if you have any questions.

Other databases: