May Graduates & Access to the Library, Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw

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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 Lisa Smith-Butler @ lsbutler@charlestonlaw.edu .  She will contact the library where you plan to be studying.

Bloomberg Law

Bloomberg Law allows unlimited use over the summer for any purpose.  For May graduates, if you sign up for Bloomberg by the end of April, you will be given access for six months after you graduate, until November.

Lexis

Lexis Advance is also allowing unlimited access over the summer for any purposes. May graduates will be given the same access through December 31, 2017.  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 on the Lexis home page  .

Westlaw

May graduates are eligible for 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. You may extend by logging onto http://www.lawschool.westlaw.com/ .  According to our Westlaw account manager, you have “access to Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for six months after graduation.  Your Grad Elite access gives you sixty hours of usage on these products per month to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills.  While you cannot use it in situations where you are billing a client, Thomson Reuters encourages you to use these tools to build your knowledge of the law and prepare for the bar exam.”

About Lisa Smith-Butler

Lisa is the Associate Dean for Information Services at the Charleston School of Law, Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library. She teaches Advanced Legal Research & Children & the Law.
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