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Standout Summer Research Resources

A Guide to Prepare for Summer Associateships and Beyond

Summer and Post-Graduation Access

During the summer, current students retain access to all of Northwestern University's databases (HeinOnline, ProQuest Congressional, etc.), including Lexis and Bloomberg Law. Westlaw access for current students includes some restrictions. Please note that a firm may require you to use a firm-based Lexis or Westlaw account instead of your Northwestern account for their billing purposes.


  • Current students may use their Northwestern Lexis accounts during the summer months of May, June, July, and August. During this period, permissible uses are expanded to include use at any law firm, government agency, court or other legal position, internship, externship, or clerkship.
  • Spring graduates retain unlimited access to Lexis through December 31, 2023. No registration for graduate access is required. Graduates have access to most of the same content and features available during law school. The transition from a regular law school ID to a graduate ID happens on July 10, 2023. 


  • Current students may only use their Northwestern Westlaw accounts over the summer for non-commercial purposes. Accepted uses include: 
    • Summer coursework
    • Research assistant assignments
    • Law review or journal research
    • Moot court research
    • Non-profit work
    • Clinical work
    • Externship sponsored by the school
  • Graduates receive 18 months of extended Westlaw access as part of our subscription to the Westlaw Grad Elite program. This includes access to Westlaw and Practical Law for commercial or noncommercial use. You will receive 60 hours per month of access for 18 months from the date of your graduation. You must opt in and register for Westlaw Grad Elite Access.

Bloomberg Law

  • Current students have unlimited access during the summer.
  • Bloomberg Law provides graduates with unlimited access for six months following graduation.