A common question as students prepare for summer employment is the availability of online research services. Some access to educational databases, like Westlaw and Lexis.com, will be restricted over the summer unless users qualify for an extension:
- Westlaw offers summer password extensions for limited academic and non-profit purposes, including summer classes, work as a research assistant, participation in law school journals or moot court, or unpaid internships/externships. 1Ls and 2Ls can request an extension online. Graduating students will receive extension information via email soon.
- Lexis will provide unlimited access this summer to the Lexis Advance platform, for both non-profit and for-profit usage. However, the company encourages students to check with their employers for guidance on using educational accounts during summer jobs, as some employers may prohibit this practice. May 2014 graduates will have access to Lexis Advance until August.
- Bloomberg Law accounts are valid between school terms and for 6 months after graduation. Bloomberg Law allows use of its passwords for both non-profit and for-profit purposes (again, check with your employer). If you do not have a Bloomberg Law account, register with your Duke Law email at https://www.bloomberglaw.com/activate.