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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. If you have a reference question, please contact one of our Reference Librarians by phone at (312) 915-7205, by e-mail at, or in person at the Reference Desk (Law Library, 3rd floor).

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 – 8 pm


10 am – 12 pm
2 pm – 6 pm


10 am – 12 pm
2 pm – 8 pm


10 am – 12 pm
2 pm – 5 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

(Updated as of 4/2020)

Bloomberg Law Access

Graduating 3L students may continue to use their Loyola Bloomberg Law accounts for any purpose for six months after they graduate. All other continuing students may use their Loyola Bloomberg Law accounts over the summer for any purpose they choose as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Stefanie Slavens (

Lexis Access

Graduating 3L students will have access to their Loyola Lexis accounts until December 31, 2020, and they may use their account for any purpose. All other continuing students may use their Loyola Lexis accounts during the summer for any purpose as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Alex Peck (


Summer Access Policy for Continuing Students

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:

  • 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.

Access for Graduating Students

All Spring 2020 JD graduates will have access to their Loyola-issued Westlaw accounts for 60 hours per month for six months after graduation.  We are working to try to extend that access for an additional year.  While you cannot use your Loyola-issued account in situations where you are billing a client, Thomson Reuters encourages you to use these tools to build your knowledge of the law...

If you have any questions, please contact Elan Kleis (

Subject Guide

Subject Guide