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Summer Associate Research Guide: Library and Vendor Info

This guide is intended for students who will be working at law firms over the summer. It is similar and related to the Experiential Learning Resources Guide which focuses more on externships and clerkships.


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. If you have a reference question, please contact one of our Reference Librarians by phone at (312) 915-7205 or by email at  To set up an in-person meeting, please 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 Google's advanced 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.

What Law Students Should Know About Generative AI Before Their Summer Jobs

This April 30, 2024 article from provides tips for students on how to "impress your employer and distinguish yourself from other job candidates by being familiar with the basics of GenAI technology, how it can empower legal professionals and potential hazards to watch out for."

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

For current Law Library hours, see the monthly calendars.

For more information, you also can contact the following for assistance:

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

UIC Law Louis L. Biro Law 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)

Post-Graduation and Summer Access: Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw

Bloomberg Law Access

There are no academic restrictions on your Loyola-issued Bloomberg Law account. Graduating students will continue to have full access to the platform for six months following their graduation. Continuing students can use their academic accounts during their summer employment/activities for ANY purpose.

If you have any questions, please contact Stefanie Schuette (

Lexis Access

Summer Access terms: LexisNexis is available to all law students once classes end for the summer months of May, June, July and August. LexisNexis believes a student's participation in a summer associate, internship or clerkship program is a valuable part of your legal education. For that reason, during this period the permissible uses of their LexisNexis law school educational ID are expanded to include use at any law firm, government agency, court or other legal position, internship, externship or clerkship.

LexisNexis Graduate Access: In addition to summer access for 1Ls and 2Ls, spring graduates have continued access to Lexis upon graduation to keep their skills up to date and use for job and interview preparation. The Graduate Program gives extended access to Lexis+ to spring graduates via their law school IDs through December 31, 2024. Spring graduates have access to most of the same content and features available during law school. In addition, they also gain access to the Graduate Home Page and a graduate gift, which they can redeem via the Graduate Home Page. The transition from a regular law school ID to a graduate ID happens on July 10, 2024.

Aspire Program: Graduates who are engaged in verifiable 501(c)(3) public interest work can apply for a Lexis ASPIRE ID. Graduates who qualify for a Lexis ASPIRE ID will receive 12 months of free access to federal and state court cases, statutes, regulations, law journals, Shepard's, and Matthew Bender sources through Lexis. The application for an ASPIRE ID is available at

If you have any questions, please contact Tianna Gadbaw (

Westlaw Access

Non-Graduating Students (Summer Access): You can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, over the summer for non-commercial research. You can turn to these resources to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills, but you cannot use them in situations where you are billing a client. Examples of permissible uses for your academic password 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

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

Graduating Students: You have access to Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for six months after graduation by registering for "Grad Elite". "Grad Elite" access gives you 60 hours of usage on these products per month to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills. While you cannot use it in situations where you are billing a client, Thomson Reuters encourages you to use these tools to build your knowledge of the law and prepare for your bar exam.


1. Go to; log in; use the drop-down menu by your name to go to Grad Elite Status
2. Or Click on this link:

If you have any questions, please contact Elan Kleis (

Subject Guide

Subject Guide