Summer Access to Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg

Hi all! Summer is upon us, and you’re probably gearing up to tackle your summer internship placements. As an important reminder, there are certain limitations on using certain research platforms over the summer. Here, we’ll take a look at the big three  – Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg – and run through what you’ll be able to use them for. And don’t forget, your librarians are also here to help support you throughout the summer


Westlaw can be used over the summer for non-commercial research — you can’t use it in situations where you are billing a client. Examples of permissible use include:

  • Summer coursework
  • Faculty RA assignments
  • Law Review research
  • Moot Court research
  • Non-Profit work
  • Clinical work
  • School Sponsored
  • Externships


Lexis law school IDs can be used for any purpose over the summer. This includes workplace related research as well as research on class related materials.


Students have continuous full access to Bloomberg Law over the summer. This access is automatic (no registration required) and is unlimited and unrestricted (meaning, students may use their academic accounts for “work” purposes).

Zief Law Library

General research support from a Research Librarian: Get help with any research project over the summer by visiting the us at the library or online through the Zief Research Help page

  • Chat Reference
  • Instant Message
  • Submit a Question
  • Schedule a live or Zoom consultation

In addition, Zief has over a hundred other digital resources, such as HeinOnline,
CEB OnLaw, and Proquest Congressional, available to assist you with your research. Check the A to Z database list or contact a Research Librarian for assistance.