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.
Great news! This year, Bloomberg Law is extending its usual free access to graduating students through June 1, 2021. Bloomberg Law includes sophisticated court docket searching, legal news, transactional guidance, litigation analytics, on-demand training webinars and much more! To access, log in here.
Don’t forget that graduates also have 18 months of free Westlaw, as detailed in this prior post.
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, 2020. This ID also grants access to the Graduate Home Page (detailed below).
- LexisNexis Rewards Point Expiration: Like previous years, spring graduates have until June 30, 2020 to redeem their LexisNexis Rewards points.
- Graduate Home Page: On July 5, 2020, 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 your choice of: a LexisNexis eBook; online subscription for Lexis Practice Advisor; Lexis for Microsoft Office, or 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. Commercial/Professional use is allowed and encouraged. The tools include:
- Practical Law
- Knowledge Center
- Practical Law Connect
- Drafting Assistant Essential
- Doc and Form Builder
- West LegalEdCenter -one-year, no CLE
Extend access by logging into http://www.lawschool.westlaw.com
Click on your name in the upper right, and select Grad Elite Status
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, email@example.com, if you have any questions.
For students who will return to school in the Fall, you still have access to these databases:
Summer Access to Lexis
Access to Lexis will continue during the summer. As long as you are registered for Lexis you do not have to do anything to continue using Lexis Advance this summer. You may use Lexis for work or school during the summer. In the fall, usage reverts back to academic use only.
Summer Access to Westlaw
You can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw, Practical Law, and the Practice Ready solutions, over the summer for non-commercial research. You can turn to these resources to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills, but you cannot use them in situations where you are billing a client. Examples of permissible uses for your academic password include the following:
- Summer coursework
- Research assistant assignments
- Law Review or Journal research
- Moot Court research
- Non-Profit work
- Clinical work
- Externship sponsored by the school
You do not have to do anything to gain access to these tools over the summer. If you have any questions, please contact your Thomson Reuters Academic Account Manager.
Access to Bloomberg Law continues over the summer. You may use your Bloomberg Law password for any purpose during the summer as well as year-round. The court dockets and transactional resources may be particularly useful to those working at law firms over the summer.
Other databases accessible over the summer:
- The CasemakerX legal research database. This database has good coverage for Ohio. Access for students is free.
- Law Library databases such as HeinOnline and Proquest Legislative Insight.
- Free Fastcase App for iPhone or Android
- For free databases on the Internet, see United States Federal Law – Free Sources and Ohio Law – Free Sources
Akron Law Digital , home of the Understanding series and Question and Answers study aids, is new and improved! Just sign in with your U Akron email address for a new personalized homepage and easier highlighting and notetaking!