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 LoyolaLawReference@luc.edu, or in person at the Reference Desk (Law Library, 3rd floor).
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 (http://www.google.com/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.
Includes links to key Loyola resources, Cook County resources, Illinois and federal government Web sites, and links to major legal portals.
Chicago/ Cook County Links
General Legal Portals
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:
Law Library Summer Hours
Please note that the Law LIbrary is closed for research due to the pandemic. For more information on the limited services that are available please visit: https://www.luc.edu/law/currentstudents/lawlibrary/.
Circulation Desk: (312) 915-6986
Reference Desk: (312) 915-7205
Loyola University Chicago Law Library
DePaul University Law Library
Northwestern Univ. Law Library
IIT-Chicago Kent Law Library
John Marshall Law School Library
Univ. Chicago Law Library
Harold Washington Public Library
Cook County Law Library
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)
(Updated as of 4/2021)
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 questions, please contact Stefanie Slavens Schuette, firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are no academic use restrictions on your Loyola-issued Lexis account. Spring graduates will have unlimited graduate access until December 31, 2021. Continuing students will have full access over the summer to their complete academic subscription.
In addition, spring 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, Shephard's, and Matthew Bender sources through Lexis. The application for an ASPIRE ID is available at https://www.lexisnexis.comm/grad-access/
If you have any questions, please contact Alex Peck (email@example.com).
Both graduating students and continuing students can use their Loyola-issued Westlaw accounts for noncommercial work, including:
Graduates will have 60 hours per month of access for six months post-graduation.
If you have any questions, please contact Elan Kleis (elan.kleis@ThomsonReuters.com)