Answered By: Kate Britt
Last Updated: Sep 02, 2020     Views: 1935

The MLaw Library provides MLaw students with access to the major legal databases Westlaw and Lexis Advance, but each company decides exactly when graduating law students lose access to their legal databases, as well as whether access continues over the summer for continuing law students.

For Winter 2020 MLaw graduates, here is what you can expect:

  • Lexis Advance: Graduates will have access to ongoing free use of Lexis Advance, including all of the products and features available as a student, through February 8, 2021. No registration is required, there are no restrictions, and there are no limits on research time.
  • ​Westlaw: 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.
    • To extend access, graduates must log into Choose "Grad Elite Status" from your homepage and press the "Extend Access" button.

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Continuing Students

Students who will be returning to Michigan Law in the Fall should retain access to their legal database accounts over the summer without any interruption. If you are unable to access your account, please contact Kate E. Britt at Please note that the University of Michigan Law Library no longer subscribes to Bloomberg Law.

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