Westlaw & Lexis Summer Access
Westlaw: 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 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
- Externship sponsored by the school
You do not have to do anything to gain access to these tools over the summer. If you have any questions, please contact your Thomson Reuters Academic Account Manager.
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.
Bloomberg Law is a comprehensive resource for both primary and secondary source material. In addition to federal and state cases, statutes, and administrative codes, Bloomberg Law features BNA Law Reports, Manuals, and Portfolios; legal news; federal and state dockets; transactional documents; and more. Bloomberg Law has advanced features similar to those found in other major legal research databases, including terms and connectors searching; workspaces for saving searches and documents; and a citator service for cases. Law students who sign up for access to Bloomberg Law can use the database for any type of research—not just research related to coursework. In addition, Bloomberg Law allows students to continue to use the service for 6 months after graduation. Register for Bloomberg Law at https://www.bloomberglaw.com/activate (and make sure to use your Suffolk e-mail address).
Research Guides and Treatises
The library's A to Z list of research guides and treatises is a good place to start your research. Our research guides will point you to useful primary and secondary sources, both in print and online. Treatises provide expert explanation and analysis of legal subjects and also cite primary and secondary material.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).