Law Library 101: Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law Information

An introduction to the law library, designed to help new Vanderbilt students succeed in their use of the law library and to succeed in law school study.

Password Information

Westlaw, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law are the three major computer-assisted legal research systems and all are available to the Vanderbilt Law School community.  Research librarians, company account executives, and student account representatives can provide instruction and limited assistance on search strategies, database content, and general searching tips and techniques.

You will receive passwords for all three of these systems in an email during orientation week. They must be registered shortly after receiving them or they will be deactivated. For registration assistance, contact Mark Williams.

Documents retrieved from Lexis Advance can be printed to Lexis-maintained printers located just outside the main level Law Library doors.

Representatives

Lexis: Kyle Turner

thomas.turner@lexisnexis.com

Bloomberg Law: Vrenda Cain

vcain@bloomberglaw.com

(888) 560-2529

Westlaw: Anna Guerra

Westlaw Questions? Please email Anna at anna.guerra@tr.com

24/7 Help : (800) 850-9378

Summer and Post-Graduate Access

Westlaw:

1Ls & 2LS: Summer access is available for 1Ls and 2Ls for the following purposes:

  • Summer law school classes and study abroad programs
  • Moot Court
  • Research Assistant Project for a Professor
  • Law Review and Journal Work - including write-on competitions
  • Unpaid internship/externship or pro bono work

Students cannot use their passwords for work as a summer associate in a law firm or corporation, or for work in a government agency, or in any position for which they are paid or receive a stipend.

3Ls - Recent Graduates: Graduates have access to Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for six (6) months after graduation. Your “Grad Elite” access gives you 60 hours of usage on these products per month to gain understanding, build research skills, and study for the bar, but they are not to be used in situations where you are billing a client.

  • In addition, graduates will have access to job searching databases on Westlaw and TWEN for 18 months after graduation for 1 hour per month.
  • To extend access, graduates must log into lawschool.thomsonreuters.com and select the drop down under your name, where it says “Grad Elite Status”

Lexis Advance:

1Ls & 2Ls: Law students will automatically have free unlimited use of their law school Lexis Advance® ID this summer. No registration required, just sign in as usual and start researching.

Students can get ready, in the comfort of their home, with our on-demand Prepare to Practice Resources that includes tips and Practice-Ready Certification. The program includes 3 modules and an exam to test their knowledge related to researching unfamiliar topics, litigation and transactional drafting, and legal analytics. Important skills for summer associate work.

3Ls - Recent Graduates: When you graduate, you'll automatically have seamless Lexis Advance access through 12/31/2020. Continue to use your law school username and password while you prepare for the bar exam and employment. 

Bloomberg Law:

1Ls & 2Ls: Bloomberg Law provides unlimited and unrestricted access over the summer. Your student account will remain active and available all summer. 

3Ls - Recent Graduates: If you are graduating, you have unlimited and unrestricted access to Bloomberg Law for six months after graduation.  *2020 graduates will have access to Bloomberg Law until June 1, 2021.