Electronic resources are often especially useful over the summer for students taking summer courses online, completing summer work placements, or for recent graduates studying for the bar exam.
Students taking courses online this summer may find our guide to Online Law School Classes especially useful. It collects tips for time management, good study habits, and useful resources to succeed in an online classroom.
University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law students who want to visit the Law Library in person can find our current operating hours on our website.
For students who aren't able to visit the library in person, virtual study rooms are available to provide secure collaborative spaces for students to meet online with their study groups. Librarians continue to be available throughout the summer to assist with research or reference questions, and students can find complete contact information on the intranet at: http://louisville.edu/law/intranet/law-library/ask-a-librarian.
Students who are working, completing externships, or in internships this summer may want to brush up on vital practical research skills. Many certifications are available from various database vendors, which demonstrate to employers that you've reached a level of proficiency using these tools. Find out more about various legal research certifications in our guide to Legal Research & Study.
Any students using their Westlaw account over the summer break while working as a summer clerk or new associate will need to remember that access to this database is exclusively for non-commercial research, and may not be used in situations where you are billing a client.
Recent graduates continue to have access to some electronic resources for a limited amount of time after graduation. Some vendors have extended this access for 2020 graduates in order to provide additional support during the extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law students who graduated in May 2020 will have extended access to Bloomberg Law for one year until June 1, 2021.
Access to Lexis Advance for May 2020 graduates has been extended until the end of February 2021.
Students will have full access to Westlaw through the end of May 2020, and can choose to sign up for an additional 60 hours per month of access through the end of November 2020. There is no charge for this extended access, but students must choose to activate it under the “Grad Access Status” in their Westlaw account. Please remember that Westlaw access is for non-commercial research, and should not be used in situations where you are billing a client.
The CALI library of lessons provides overviews of several subjects that students may wish to review before the bar exam.
Key bar review books are also available electronically through the Wolters Kluwer Study Aid Library, including:
The Wolters Kluwer Study Aid Library is available to graduates and other members of the public from any computer in the Law Library.
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