Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law are available to Law Center students, faculty members, and staff members.

New students will receive registration information during Orientation. Students who do not receive registration codes or need new ones should email the Reference Desk or call 202-662-9140.

LexisNexis for Law Schools

Lexis contains legal and law-related documents, including federal and state cases, statutes, regulations, administrative rulings, legislative histories, legal newspapers and journals, and looseleaf services. LexisNexis ended its program providing free printing to students from LexisNexis printers during the fall semester of 2021.

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Westlaw contains legal and law-related documents, including federal and state cases, statutes, regulations, administrative rulings, legislative histories, legal newspapers and journals, and general news.

Bloomberg Law

Bloomberg Law provides court dockets, cases, news, legal analysis, and legal tools. A Bloomberg Terminal, which allows more sophisticated searching of financial data and access to additional financial and company information, is located in the library's Reading Room.

Training & Assistance

The library provides research training to all first-year students in Legal Practice and upper-level students in classes and clinics. Specialized classes are offered for journal staffs, research assistants, and other users.  See Legal Research Classes for more information.  In addition, tutorials are available on the library’s web site. Faculty and staff who would like individual training may contact Library Research Services at 202-662-9073 or lawlibraryresearch@georgetown.edu.

For further questions about Lexis, Westlaw, or Bloomberg Law, please contact the Reference Desk at 202-662- 9140 or lawlibref@georgetown.edu.

Use Policies

Lexis

Lexis offers students full use of Lexis for educational and employment related research throughout the school year and summer. Summer access is provided through their Summer Access Program. This program is available once classes end for the semester/academic year, for the summer months of May, June, July and August. You do not need to register for the Summer Access Program; it is automatic. For more information please refer to the Lexis terms and conditions page.

Students are advised to check their employer’s policies before using their academic Lexis accounts for employment purposes.

Access to Lexis will automatically continue for six months after graduation for bar prep, research practice, and preparation for employment. Graduates can use their Lexis IDs for job research, professional development, and commercial purposes. Graduates do not need to register for this access; it is automatic.

Graduates engaged in verifiable 501(c)(3) public interest work may apply for access to selected Lexis materials for 12 months through the ASPIRE program.

Note: Lexis will deactivate a registered account after one year of inactivity. To maintain access log in to Lexis and/or use Lexis periodically. If your registered account is no longer accessible please contact the Reference Desk for information on re-registering.

Questions can be directed to our Lexis account executive, Natalie Kitzrow.

Westlaw

Students have full access to Westlaw for purposes directly related to law school coursework, including pro bono and public service programs, and public internships or externships that are part of your graduation requirements.

For use over the summer, current students automatically have access to Westlaw for non-commercial research. Examples of permissible uses are listed below.

  • Summer law school classes
  • Law Review and Journal research, including write-on competitions
  • Research Assistant assignments
  • Moot Court research
  • Nonprofit work
  • Clinical work
  • Externship sponsored by the law school

Students with summer employment in law firms, corporations, government agencies, and alike should not use their academic accounts for research and must use their commercial accounts. Students may use their academic accounts to gain an understanding of the law and build research skills, but academic accounts may not be used to bill a client.

Graduating students can extend access for 6 months following graduation by enrolling in the Grade Elite program. Graduates may use their academic accounts for 60 hours a month to gain an understanding of the law, build research skills, and prepare for the bar. Academic accounts may not be used to bill a client. Apply for an extension after logging on.

Questions can be directed to our Westlaw account representative, Regina Wiggins.

Bloomberg Law

Bloomberg Law offers full use of accounts during the school year and over the summer, including research conducted for employment. For graduating students access will continue for 6 months after graduation with no limitations on use.

Students are advised to check their employer’s policies before using their academic Bloomberg Law accounts for employment purposes.

For additional information, contact Georgetown’s Bloomberg Law representative, Will Thompson.