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Law Library Student Services Guide: Law Library Access Policies

Access to Electronic Resources

In addition to complete access to the Law Library's and University Library's electronic databases, all Law School students have access to Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis, and Westlaw databases. Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis, and Westlaw each require a unique vendor-issued password separate from your University login. To get more information on obtaining access you should contact the individual database representatives.

Bloomberg Law: Stefanie Schuette (

LexisNexis: Tianna Gadbaw (

Westlaw: Elan Kleis (

Student Access to the Law Library

Student Access

Current Loyola University Chicago students must present a valid university issued ID card at the entrance of the Law Library to gain access.  Law School students may use their IDs to gain access of the 4th and 5th floors of the Law Library.  All law and paralegal students should obtain a law/paralegal school validation sticker from the circulation desk. 

Guest Access

Current Loyola University Chicago School of Law students may accompany a limited number of guests to the Law Library.  Guests are allowed into the library for collaborative study, and not for use of library collections or equipment.  All guests must be personally accompanied by a host student at all times. The host student must present his/her valid Loyola University Chicago ID card and the guest must present a government issued photo ID and sign in at the entrance of the library to gain access.

Student Access to Other LUC Libraries

Loyola Law students are entitled to use any of the other Loyola Libraries. One of these libraries may be closer to home.

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.

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

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:

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