Lexis and Westlaw Access for May 2023 Grads

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


Lexis+ IDs: Spring graduates have access to Lexis+ via their law school IDs through December 31, 2023, except for public records. 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, 2023 to redeem their LexisNexis Rewards points.
Graduate Home Page: On July 10, 2023, 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.”
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.


You can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for 6-months after graduation. Your “Grad Elite” access gives you 60-hours of usage per month.YOU MUST OPT IN TO GRAD ELITE Access:
1) Go to www.lawschool.tr.com; Log in; Use the drop-down menu by your name to go to Grad Elite Status
2) Or Click on this link:  https://lawschool.westlaw.com/authentication/gradelite

If you have any questions, please reach out to our Thomson Reuters Academic Account Manager Holly Rush at Holly.Rush@thomsonreuters.com.

If you come in person to the University of Akron Law Library there is free Westlaw Patron Access.

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@bloombergindustry.com, if you have any questions.

Other databases and access:

For free databases on the Internet, see United States Federal Law – Free Sources and Ohio Law – Free Sources.
Free Westlaw Patron Access when you come in person to the University of Akron Law Library.

Summer Database Access for Continuing Law Students

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+ this summer.  You may use Lexis+ for work or school during the summer.  In the fall, usage reverts back to academic use only.

You can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw® and Practical Law 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 (either required for graduation or as part of a class)
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 our Thomson Reuters Academic Account Manager Holly Rush at Holly.Rush@thomsonreuters.com

Bloomberg Law

Access to Bloomberg Law continues over the summer.  You may use Bloomberg Law for any purpose during the summer as well as year-round.  You may access by creating your own account using your law school email address or via the law school VPN. The court dockets and transactional resources may be particularly useful to those working at law firms over the summer. Be aware of the per-person limits of 15,000 pages for dockets.

Other databases accessible over the summer:

Announcing the 2022-2023 American Indian Law Review National Writing Competition

This year’s American Indian Law Review national writing competition is now welcoming papers from students at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada.  Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples.  Three cash prizes will be awarded: $1,500 for first place, $750 for second place, and $400 for third place.  Each of the three winning authors will also be awarded an eBook copy of Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LexisNexis.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Sponsored by the University of Oklahoma College of Law, the American Indian Law Review has proudly served Native and legal communities since 1973.  Each year at this time we encourage law students nationwide to participate in this, the longest-running competition of its kind.  Papers will be judged by a panel of Indian law scholars and by the editors of the Review.

For further information on eligibility, entry requirements, and judging criteria, see the attached PDF rules sheet or the AILR writing competition website at https://law.ou.edu/ailr/wc.

AILR 2022-2023 National Writing Competition rules sheet

Center for Constitutional Law Hosts Virtual Con Law Scholars Forum

Con Law Scholars Forum
The Future of Reproductive Rights
Friday, Oct. 28, 2022 (9-4pm EST) (virtual)

Virtual Con Law Scholars Forum
Click here to join the meeting

This symposium explores questions that cut to the heart of constitutional law doctrine and women’s rights, as well as the legitimacy of the U.S. Supreme Court.  It provides an opportunity for legal scholars to address some of the many issues raised by the Court’s recent decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning the fifty-year federal right to abortion.

The Forum is sponsored by The Center for Constitutional Law at Akron, one of four national centers established by Congress on the bicentennial of the Constitution for the purpose of promoting scholarship and education on matters of constitutional law.  The Center includes a director, five affiliated faculty, student fellows, an online journal, ConLawNOW, and J.D. certificate and masters’ programs. Follow the Center on Twitter @ConLawCenter and LinkedIn.


9am     Welcome and Introduction, Tracy Thomas (Director, Center for Constitutional Law at Akron)

9:15am  Legal Misogyny
            Moderator: Tracy Thomas (Akron)
Paula Monopoli (Maryland), Situating Dobbs
Jill Hasday (Minnesota), We the Men: How Forgetting Women’s Struggles for Equality Perpetuates Inequality
            Jessie Hill (Case), Big, Bad Roe
Jennifer Hendricks (Denver), A Rational Basis: Men’s Feelings > Women’s Rights

10:30am  A Whole New World
            Moderator: Bernadette Genetin (Akron)
Jamie Abrams (American), How Masculinities, Geography, and Religiosity Shape the Post-Dobbs Legal Landscape
            Jennifer Brobst (Memphis), Short-Sighted Private Enforcement Strategies in the Reproductive Rights Realm
            Michael Gentithes (Akron), How Dobbs Effects Stare Decisis
David Cohen (Drexel), New Threats to Abortion Provision: Writ of Erasure Fallacy & Comstock


12:30pm   Constitutional Aftershocks
            Moderator: C.J. Peters (Akron)
Cynthia Soohoo (CUNY), After Dobbs, Rights for Zygotes, Embryos and Fetuses?
                  Elizabeth Kukura (Drexel), The Constitutional Implications of Reproductive Uncertainty After Dobbs
Jeff Parness (N. Illinois), Childcare Parentage After Dobbs

1:30pm Global Perspectives
            Moderator: Vera Korzun (Akron)
Sital Kalantry (Seattle), Dobbs from a Comparative Law Perspective
            Sharon Basson (Drexel), The Art of Balancing: The Role Narrative Played in Recent Legal Rulings About Access to Reproductive Practices in Israel
            Phil Lord (Lakehead, CN), Drawing on Canadian Constitutional Law to Analyze Dobbs

2:30pm Health Care Considerations
            Moderator: Michael Gentithes (Akron)
Rachel Rebouché (Temple), Telehealth for Abortion
            Tracy Thomas (Akron), Protecting Abortion with State Health Care Freedom of Choice
            Yvette Lindgren (UMKC), The Privatized Abortion Right and Self-Help Constitutionalism

Many of the papers will be published in a forthcoming symposium edition of the Center for Constitutional Law’s journal, ConLawNOW.