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Summer Intern & New Attorney Research Survival Guide

Tips for new attorneys to smooth their transition from researching as a law student to researching in a professional setting.

Lexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg Access for 2023 Graduates and Summer Interns


Chart notes that Lexis and Bloomberg Law provide summer access for all internships.  It notes that Westlaw limits summer use of school passwords to education purposes like classes, law review, and faculty research assistant work.  The chart also notes that all three research sites extend access for six months to students after graduation.

* 2023 graduates will receive an extension of access to some of these services:

  • 2023 graduating law students will have unrestricted access to Bloomberg Law® through Nov. 30th, 2023.

Go to the vendors' sites for extending access:

Westlaw will allow students to use their logins for the reasons noted below.  If you have such a need, go to the Westlaw site for extending use over the summer found here, Westlaw Password Summer Extension.

  • Summer law school classes
  • Law review and journal work
  • Projects for a professor
  • Moot court
  • Unpaid non-profit public interest internship/externship or pro bono work required for graduation.

* Note the vendor tele-help and chat options in the chart. If contacting a vendor for help, provide the appropriate credentials when prompted.  If you are working on a project for a firm or other law office, provide the Westlaw ID details for your summer employer.