Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw Summer 2018 Access 

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Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw Summer 2018 Access for Returning Students

Bloomberg Law

There are no restrictions on using Bloomberg Law, and there are no extra registration steps required.  Continue as you have!

Lexis

There are no restrictions on using Lexis, and there are no extra registration steps required.  Continue as you have!

Westlaw

According to the Westlaw account manager, 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,
  • Clinical Work, and
  • Externships sponsored by the School.

To acquire access to these tools, you need do nothing.

Summer access to Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw for May 2018 graduates is different and is separately announced here.

One additional note on Lexis and Westlaw access. Please check that your graduation dates in Lexis Advance and Westlaw are correct. If not, contact Marisa Henthorn at mhenthorn@charlestonlaw.edu.

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Join us in celebrating National Library Week!

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Join the library and IT staff of the Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library at noon on Wednesday, April 11th, in the Barrister to celebrate National Library Week. We’ll have cake and three drawings for students – two gift cards and one grand prize.

We hope you’ll join us on Wednesday.

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May 2018 Graduates: Access to the Library, Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw

graduationCongratulations on your upcoming milestone! Only a few weeks left before graduation. Below is information about your access to the library and to Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, and Westlaw while you study for the July bar exam.

Access to the Library

You will continue to have access to the library until the end of the July bar exam with your SONITROL card. You will be able to use the library’s study rooms, check out materials, and print through the end of July.

If you plan to take a bar in another state or study elsewhere, please alert Dean Katie Brown at kbrown@charlestonlaw.edu.  She will contact the library where you plan to study.

Bloomberg Law

Bloomberg Law allows unlimited use over the summer for any purpose. Graduates will have access to Bloomberg Law for six months after graduation (through the end of November) as long as you’ve already signed up for it by the end of April. If you have already signed up, no action is necessary to keep the account active. If you have not signed up for Bloomberg Law, you can get instructions on how to do so by contacting Marisa Henthorn at mhenthorn@charlestonlaw.edu.

Lexis

Lexis Advance is also allowing unlimited access over the summer. Spring 2018 graduates will have access to Lexis Advance via your law school ID through December 31, 2018.  Graduates may extend that access further for another six months if working at non-profits or pro-bono organizations.  To do this, graduates will need to sign up for the Aspire program over the summer using the following form: lexisnexis.com/grad-access.

Two important dates for LexisNexis graduate access. First, spring graduates will have until June 30, 2018 to redeem their LexisNexis Rewards points. Second, Lexis is planning to change the current view of the Law School home page to a graduate view on July 6, 2018. This graduate home page is where you will be able to choose a LexisNexis provided “Graduate Gift.” Check here for additional details.

Westlaw

Westlaw provides graduates with a six month extension. The extension is a pop up that appears when you sign on to lawschool.westlaw.com. It only shows up for students graduating in May. A direct link to extend access is https://lawschool.westlaw.com/authentication/gradelite. Student access for spring graduates will continue until May 31, 2018. Graduate access will begin on June 1, 2018 and end on November 30, 2018.

According to our Westlaw account manager, spring graduates will have access “to Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for 6 months after graduation. Grad Elite access gives graduates 60 hours of usage on these products per month to gain understanding and build confidence in their research skills. While graduates cannot use it in situations where they are billing a client, Thomson Reuters encourages graduates to use these tools to build knowledge of the law and prepare for the bar exam.”

Summer access to Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw for remaining students will be separately announced.

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Articles Worth Reading

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For your reading pleasure and information needs, check out the following articles:

  1. How to Get Your LinkedIn Profile Ready for Your Job Search in 30 Minutes;
  2. State Online Legal Information;
  3. How to Be a Good Follower (and Why It’s a Skill You Need);
  4. Delete Facebook? Ask Yourself These 5 Questions First;
  5. Five Practices for Your Daily Commute;
  6. ‘Are We There Yet?’ Navigating The Legal Profession’s ‘New Normal’;
  7. The Importance of Transferable Skills for Career Growth;
  8. Linda Brown, Center of Brown v. Board case, dies at 75;
  9. These “Humble” Behaviors Are Hurting Your Credibility; and
  10. Five Steps for Successful Implementation.

Happy reading!

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West Academic Study Aids – New Content Available!

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Recently, West Academic added new content to the online study aids! The content includes skill-based titles and our Global Issues series. I included a brief description of each series below.

Developing Professional Skills Series

These titles are supplemental texts designed to incorporate skills training in legal drafting, client interviewing and counseling, negotiation, advocacy and policy-making into traditional doctrinal courses.

Bridge To Practice Series

These titles are case-file-based supplements with sets of simulations that give students the opportunity to learn essential lawyering skills, putting them in the roles of counselor, oral advocate, and legal writer.

Building Skills

This new series offers case studies to engage students beyond the core doctrinal instructions in a first year course.  It also can be used as an assessment tool throughout the course to test how well students can apply concepts to every day disputes.

Global Issues Series

These titles are designed to allow the introduction of international, comparative, and transnational legal issues and perspectives into basic doctrinal law courses.  They introduce students to areas of international law that affect traditional domestic doctrinal subjects.  They are accessible for law students and their professors, and can be assigned or recommended as optional reading to supplement a domestic-only course and advance student understanding of areas of law across legal systems.

Authored by: Casey Welch, West Academic Law School Sales Consultant

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Articles Worth Reading

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For your reading pleasure and information needs, check out the following articles:

  1. Five Hidden Google Operators;
  2. Resources for Locating Someone Who is Being Detained or is Incarcerated;
  3. The Importance of Strategy Sessions;
  4. This Is How To “Work Smarter Not Harder”: 3 Secrets From Research
  5. Ladies Who Law;
  6. What Lawyers Need to Know About Ethics and Technology;
  7. The Non-Confrontational Person’s Guide To Conflict;
  8. How Open is Your Government? Find Out With Our Interactive Maps;
  9. New Federal Rules on Facebook and Google Ads May Not be in Place for 2018 Midterms; and
  10. RBG – in Theaters May 4.

Happy reading!

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Briefing Session: Job Hunting Resources on Monday, March 19th

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Please join the library in M101 at noon on Monday, March 19th, for a Briefing session on Job Hunting Resources.  Michelle Condon and Mark Moore from Career Services will present a session on:

  • where to search for job leads,
  • putting together a resume,
  • Symplicity,
  • and much more!

We will have pizza and soda.  Please sign up on TWEN under the sign up sheets, so that we can get an accurate head count for food.

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