Summer Resources

Westlaw & Lexis Summer Access


You can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw®, Practical Law, and the Practice Ready solutions 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 the work you are doing is related to a paying 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
  • Externship sponsored by the school
You do not have to do anything to gain access to these tools over the summer.


Once again, Lexis is providing full access to Lexis+® through student law school IDs throughout the months of June, July and August. Continued access includes tools, search history and the same exclusive content and practical guidance . Whether clerking, interning or working at a firm, students can use their law school access. (Note that some employers may prefer that summer associate use a firm provided ID for client work.)

Prepare to Practice

There’s still time for students to complete the popular LexisNexis Prepare to Practice program that helps students succeed in summer and permanent employment. On-demand activities focus on the practical skills that summer associates and new associates identified as critical to their success. A new module added to the program covers legal analytics.

Other Electronic Resources

Don’t forget about all the other electronic resources you can use over the summer, while your Westlaw access may be limited. Take a look at the law library’s list of research databases. Students registered to return for the fall semester can access many of these databases from off campus during the summer by simply typing in their name and ID number as they appear on their Suffolk Law School IDs.  

Ask for Help

Whether you’re doing research for a professor or getting settled into your new job, don’t hesitate to ask a Suffolk University Law School Legal Research Librarian for help. Stop by the research desk on the sixth floor of the library, straight ahead as you walk through the main doors, give us a call (617-573-8516), or send us an email ([email protected]).