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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, 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

Please note that the Law LIbrary space is closed for in-person research due to the pandemic. For more information on remote services that are available please visit:  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

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 4/2022)

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 Schuette,

Lexis Access

There are no academic use restrictions on your Loyola-issued Lexis account. Spring graduates will have unlimited graduate access until December 31, 2022. 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, 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 (


Both graduating students and continuing students can use their Loyola-issued Westlaw accounts for noncommercial work, including:

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

Graduates will have 60 hours per month of access for six months post-graduation.

If you have any questions, please contact Elan Kleis (

Subject Guide

Subject Guide