Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Lexis/Westlaw Summer Access

Lexis and Westlaw passwords are provided to Duke Law students for educational use only. For this reason, Lexis and Westlaw restrict students' access to these passwords over the summer break, beginning at the end of May. (You will still be able to log in for administrative functions, but access to most basic databases within the services will be cut off on these passwords. Your summer employer will issue you a separate ID and password on the employer's account; under no circumstances should an educational password be used at a for-profit employer.)

Fortunately, exceptions exist for those students who will pursue certain educational and non-profit ventures in the summer:
  • Summer school
  • School-related research assignment
  • Moot court research
  • Law review or journal research
  • Research for a professor
  • Work for pro bono/non-profit organization
To extend your password, follow these instructions:

LEXIS: Register for a summer extension via the link on the Law School home page. You must certify your legitimate educational use over the summer. If you do not register, your Law School issued password will be restricted to career materials on June 1.

WESTLAW: Register for extension from the home page link "Does your summer forecast call for Westlaw?"