*NEW*Summer & Post-Graduation Access info about Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law

Want to know your access privilege to your favorite legal databases for the summer or post-graduation? Here are all the details you need to know.

For our Graduates

Westlaw

You will begin to see a pop-up message whenever you log into lawschool.westlaw.com prompting you to agree to the Grad Elite program three months before your graduation date. Once you agree on that pop-up, you will be enrolled in the Grad Elite program. The pop-up will continue to appear whenever you log into lawschool.westlaw.com until you accept enrollment in Grad Elite.

Students who register for Grad Elite will have 60 hours of access per month to Westlaw for six months after graduation to be used for non-commercial purposes.

Contact our Westlaw representative, Estee Waxman at estee.waxman@thomsonreuters.com, or call 1-800-850-WEST (9378) with questions.

Lexis Advance

  • You have access to Lexis Advance with student ID for six months after graduation.
  • You’ll receive an email from Lexis when your new Graduate Homepage is live at lexisnexis.com/lawschool for learning resources and employment tools just for graduates.
  • Once your new Graduate Homepage is live at lexisnexis.com/lawschool, you’ll have the opportunity to select one of these three subscriptions to enhance your legal work:
  • Law360® breaking legal news and trends keep you current in your practice area.
  • Lexis Practice Advisor® for practical guidance and interactive legal forms in 13 areas of law. Get up to speed quickly drafting for a new area of law on the job or in your own practice.
  • The groundbreaking Lexis for Microsoft® Office® tool, which allows you to draft, review and research all in one place. This efficiency tool allows you to access Lexis Advance while working inside a Word document. Additionally, this tool can help validate citations and generate a Table of Authorities. Now available for Mac through Microsoft® Office 365™.

LEXISNEXIS® ASPIRE

Public service work may be your primary goal, or may allow you to make a difference while gaining experience. Lexis provides a longer period of access to Lexis Advance with a unique ASPIRE ID.

Review the eligibility requirements below, and if your employment qualifies, apply for an ASPIRE ID using the form at: lexisnexis.com/grad-access

(You will need your student ID to apply. Please contact your law school’s LexisNexis® Account Executive if you don’t remember it.)

Eligibility

All graduates (including December graduates) engaged in verifiable 501(c)(3)* public interest work will qualify. You will need to provide documentation verifying your public interest employment. This could be a letter confirming your start date on organization letterhead

Exclusions

  • Government work (even if unpaid)*
  • Work for a law firm (even if it represents a non-profit organization)

What to expect

Within two weeks of submitting your ASPIRE registration you will receive an email notifying you whether or not your eligibility and documentation meet program requirements. If your eligibility is confirmed, you will receive an ID and password for ASPIRE access to Lexis Advance services within a few weeks of your graduation. Your ASPIRE ID will last for 12 months from the time you received it.

If you are not eligible, Lexis Advance access will continue automatically for six months with your student ID.

*Government work such as working for a district attorney’s office or public defender’s office; administrative agencies; or clerking for a judge is excluded because these entities are not 501(c)(3) organizations. A 501(c)(3) organization is defined as one that is organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary or educational purposes.

If you have any questions, please contact our Lexis representative Meredith Shuman Casale at meredith.shuman@lexisnexis.com or 800-45-LEXIS.

Bloomberg Law

Bloomberg Law provides unrestricted access for six months following graduation.

If you don’t have your account information, go to www.bloomberglaw.com and click on “forgot username?” or “forgot your password?” Please be sure to use your VLS email address.

For our Continuing Students

Westlaw

You will automatically have your passwords extended for summer use with no additional steps required on your part. During the summer, you will receive 180 hours of Westlaw usage per month which can be used for non-commercial purposes.

Contact our Westlaw representative, Estee Waxman at estee.waxman@thomsonreuters.com, or call 1-800-850-WEST (9378) with questions.

Lexis Advance

 You will have unlimited access to Lexis Advance for classes or employment.

You do not need to extend the password and there are no restrictions on the use of your law school ID. For questions and research help, please contact our Lexis representative Meredith Shuman Casale at meredith.shuman@lexisnexis.com or 800-45-LEXIS.

Bloomberg Law

Bloomberg Law provides unrestricted access throughout the summer months and for six months following graduation.

If you don’t have your account information, go to www.bloomberglaw.com and click on “forgot username?” or “forgot your password?” Please be sure to use your VLS email address.

If you have any questions about Bloomberg Law, please contact our representative Deborah Cline dcline@bna.com, or call 1-888-560-BLAW (2529).

 

 

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National Survey of State Laws now available on HeinOnline!

Previous only available in print in the reference collection, now available both in print and on HeinOnline, National Survey of State Laws is an indispensable reference work provides an overall view of some of the most-asked about and controversial legal topics in the United States: abortion, the right to die, gun control, prayer in public schools, marijuana, marriage, personal income tax, drunk driving, capital punishment, right to work, lemon law, leases and other agreements, child custody, legal ages, and many other areas.

national survey

“This database version of Rich Leiter’s National Survey of State Laws provides an overall view of some of the most sought-after and controversial legal topics in the United States. Users are able to make basic state-by-state comparisons of current state laws. The new 7th edition, along with the 6th and 5th editions, are included in database format, which also allows users to compare the same laws as they existed in 2005, 2008 and 2015. All print editions are included in HeinOnline’s image-based, fully searchable, user-friendly platform.”

To learn how to navigate the National Survey of State Laws on HeinOnline, watch this brief tutorials on Youtube.

Consult a librarian for a research session if you have any questions!

Library Instagram Contest – Show us what you love about our Library!

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We know you love our library. So do we! Started last year, we created a library Instagram account to showcase our library’s happenings and services. Over there, you will see pictures and posts about the events we sponsored at the library, reasons why we love working here and why we are awesome, and our pretty campus in Vermont’s four seasons.

What’s new here in 2016? We’re hosting our first ever Instagram contest and need your participation! Tell us what you love about our library, whether it’s your favorite study spot, the services and resources we offer, or our dedicated library staff member. We love to hear from you! Here is how you can participate:

HOW TO ENTER

  1. Follow @vtlawlibrary on Instagram
  2. Snap a photo showing how you love our library. Some ideas like:
  • Something you like about the Library
  • Your favorite place in the Library
  • Your favorite resource or service from the Library
  • Our Library in Vermont winter
  • Think creative!
  1. Upload your photo to Instagram, and include a descriptive caption. Tag us @vtlawlibrary, and tag your photo #myvlslibrary

The contest will run from Friday, January 15, 2016 to Monday, February 15, 2016. Multiple entries are allowed.

SELECTION AND PRIZES

Two winners will be selected: People’s Choice (photo with most likes) and Library Staff’s Choice (based on quality, relevance and creativity). Each winner will receive a $25 Barrister’s Bookstore gift card. Winners will be announced on February 16, 2016 via their Instagram photo.

ELIGIBILITY

The contest is open to all VLS students.

CONTEST RULES

Submitted photographs must obey all laws, including applicable copyright and privacy laws.  By entering the contest, you are giving the library permission to use your photo.

 

With questions or for more information, contact Electronic Resources & Technology Librarian Chenfang Yang, cyang@vermontlaw.edu.