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  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


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:

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 provides graduates with a six month extension. The extension is a pop up that appears when you sign on to It only shows up for students graduating in May. A direct link to extend access is 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


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


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


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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Library Hours During Spring Break


During the Charleston School of Law’s Spring Break, which runs from March 12th – March 16th, the library will be open its usual operating hours. If you need to catch up on your reading or work on your paper, we will be here.

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Resource Spotlight: LexisNexis Courtroom Cast


LexisNexis Courtroom Cast is a frequently utilized resource that focuses on legal practice skills. It provides three valuable learning tools: AudioCase Files, Videos, and Courtroom Cast Training.

AudioCaseFiles offers downloadable MP3 files of judicial opinions. Each case includes the full written text of the opinions, along with a fact summary and the rule of law. The cases are organized by subject area and casebook. You can listen to these cases on your computer or any mobile device.

Courtroom Cast Video offers thousands of hours of trials, hearings, and oral arguments. Each video is available to watch directly from computer. You can browse the video collection by cases, jurisdiction, judge, practice area, industry, law firm, attorney, and party.

The Courtroom Cast Training module streams real courtroom video highlights with expert commentary and analysis. It allows you to choose the specific stage of trial or hearing you want to watch. It’s a great resource to utilize when preparing for oral arguments. This module offers three training libraries: Trial Advocacy, Rules of Evidence, and Appellate Advocacy. Here’s a brief description for each.

  • The Trial Advocacy library features video clips of attorneys executing essential litigation skills and techniques. The skills are organized by the stage of the trial, such as openings, and each skill has multiple video clip examples.
  • The Rules of Evidence library contains video clips of attorneys making objections and following the Federal Rules of Evidence. The library is organized by the Federal Rules, so simply choose an Article, select a Rule, and see some of the best attorneys in the nation make their objections and lay foundations.
  • The Appellate Advocacy library features video clips of attorneys arguing each stage of an appellate proceeding before the bench. View real, in-court examples from the nation’s best appellate attorneys, then delve deeper with extensive written commentary to help hone your advocacy skills.

Registration is required to use this resource. You have to use your Charleston School of Law email address, and choose Charleston School of Law from the drop-down menu. You can find a link to this resource on the Library’s database page.

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