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Summer Associate Research Guide: Library and Vendor Info


Greetings and best wishes for a successful summer experience. This guide is intended to help students with basic legal research skills and to serve as a handy guide to finding more detailed information. Students needing more assistance are encouraged to call the reference desk at (312) 915-7205 or by email.

Research Guides

In addition to the information contained in this Guide, the Law Library also has a number of research guides devoted to specific legal subjects and practice areas. Don't forget to look at those as well.

If you are looking for a research guide on a subject that the Law Library does not have, use an advanced Google search ( to locate guides from other libraries. Run a search with the key words for your subject and "research guide" as an exact phrase.  Then restrict the search to the domain .edu.

LexisNexis White Paper on Summer Associates Research and Writing Skills

In a White Paper published in November, 2016, LexisNexis surveyed 330 summer associates across the country about the legal research and writing skills needed to succeed. Read the results here.

Helpful Free Online Legal Research Resources

Includes links to key Loyola resources, Cook County resources, Illinois and federal government Web sites, and links to major legal portals.

Loyola Links

Chicago/ Cook County Links

Illinois Links

U.S. Links

General Legal Portals

On This Page

This page contains links to and information about helpful resources and key contacts that you may need while you are away from school over the summer. Specifically, this page includes:

LUC Law Library Summer Hours and Info

Law Library Summer Hours


12 pm - 8 pm


8 am – 10 pm


8 am – 10 pm


8 am – 10 pm


8 am – 10 pm


8 am – 7 pm


9 am – 7 pm


Reference Desk Summer Hours




10 am – 12 pm
2 pm – 6 pm


10 am – 12 pm
2 pm – 6 pm


10 am – 12 pm
2 pm – 6 pm


10 am – 12 pm
2 pm – 6 pm


10 am – 12 pm
2 pm – 6 pm


9 am - 3 pm

Contact Information

Circulation Desk: (312) 915-6986

Reference Desk: (312) 915-7205

Addresses, Phone Numbers, and Contacts

Law Libraries


Loyola University Chicago Law Library
25 East Pearson Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 915-7205

DePaul University Law Library
25 E. Jackson Blvd., 7th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 362-8701

Northwestern Univ. Law Library
357 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 503-8451

IIT-Chicago Kent Law Library
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 906-5600

John Marshall Law School Library
315 S. Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 427-2737

Univ. Chicago Law Library
1121 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-9615

Harold Washington Public Library
400 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 747-4300

Cook County Law Library
2900 Daley Center
50 W. Washington St., 29th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 603-5423


Key Research Contacts

Loyola University Chicago Law Library Reference Desk: (312) 915-7205

Circuit Court of Cook County Information: (312) 603-4259

Illinois Legislative Reference Bureau: (217) 782-6625

Bloomberg Law Help Line: (888) 560-2529

Lexis Help Line: 1-800-45-LEXIS (1-800-455-3947)

Westlaw Help Line: 1-800-REF-ATTY (1-800-733-2889)

Online Vendors' Summer Policies

Bloomberg Law Access

Current 1Ls and 2Ls will have unlimited access to their Bloomberg Law accounts for both academic and work-related research during the summer months, just as they do during the school year. No special registration is required.

Spring 2017 graduates will have unlimited, unrestricted access to their Bloomberg Law accounts for six months after graduation. Again, no special registration is required.

If you have any questions about summer or post-graduate Bloomberg Law access, please contact Haley Harris, Loyola’s Client Success Manager for Bloomberg Law, at

Lexis Access

Current Loyola Law students will have access to their Lexis accounts over the summer no matter where they work or who they are working for. 

Graduating students (JD or LLM) will have 6 months free access after graduation, plus access to Law360, Lexis Practice Advisor, or Lexis for Microsoft Office. If they continue to work in public service and the organization does not have access they could qualify for the Aspire program. See for more details.

If you have any questions, please contact Shannon McDermott, Loyola’s Lexis Representative (


Current Loyola Law students can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw, Practical Law, and the Practice Ready solutions, over the summer for non-commercial research. Students can turn to these resources to gain understanding and build confidence in their research skills, but not in situations in which they are billing a client. Examples of permissible uses for academic passwords include the following:

  • Summer coursework
  • Research assistant assignments
  • Law Review or Journal research
  • Moot Court research
  • Non-Profit work
  • Clinical work
  • Externship sponsored by the school

Students do not have to do anything to gain access to these tools over the summer.

Grad Elite:

Graduating Loyola Law Students can use Thomson Reuters products for 18-months after graduation. “Grad Elite” access gives students 60 hours of usage per month, with no restrictions against using them for professional purposes. These tools include:

  • Westlaw
  • Practical Law
  • Practice Point
  • Drafting Assistant Essential
  • Doc and Form Builder
  • ProView*
  • LegalEdcenter* -one-year, no CLE

Graduates will need to register for Grad Elite access, and should be able to do so through a pop-up that will be visible after logging into their Westlaw accounts.

If you have any questions, please contact Tami Carson. Loyola’s Westlaw Academic Account Manager (

Subject Guide

Subject Guide