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:

Summer Access to Lexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg for Continuing Students

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.

Bloomberg Law

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: