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Summer Clerks Research Guide

Strategies and research tips for working law students

Westlaw Instructions

Students can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, over the summer for non-commercial research for up to 180 hours/month over the summer. Students can turn to these resources to gain understanding and build confidence in their research skills, but they cannot use them in situations where they are billing a client. Examples of permissible uses for an academic password including the following:

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

Students do not have to do anything to gain access to these tools over the summer.