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Access after Graduation: Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw

Bloomberg Law:

  • Graduating students have full, unrestricted access to Bloomberg Law for 6 months after graduation, until November 30. Graduating students do not need to do anything for this access; it is automatic.

If you haven’t already signed up for Bloomberg Law, there’s information on how to do so here. If you have questions about your Bloomberg Law account, you can contact Tarlton’s account representative, Michael Calder, at

Lexis Advance:

  • All University of Texas School of Law graduates automatically receive 6 months free access to Lexis Advance following graduation.  That means, those graduating in May 2017 will have access to the Lexis Advance research platform through December 31, 2017.  Nothing extra is required to receive this access.  The student’s Lexis ID will simply stay on and they can continue to use the research platform with their same log on credentials they used as a student.  Having this extra time is helpful for new graduates as they prepare for the bar exam and as they transition into practice.
  • The ASPIRE program provides extended access to Lexis for those students going into public service.  All graduates that are engaged in verifiable 501(c)(3) public interest work will qualify for this program.  All that is required is to provide documentation verifying public interest employment.  Once the student has been verified, they will then gain free access to the Lexis Advance research platform for one full year. Those interested in this program can easily apply right here:

If you have any questions about your Lexis account, you can contact Tarlton’s account representative, Jaclyn Olivas, at


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  • Grad Elite –PR. You can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for 18-months after graduation. Your “Grad Elite” access gives you 60-hours of usage per month, with no restrictions against using them for professional purposes. These tools include:
    • Westlaw
    • Practical Law
    • Practice Point
    • Drafting Assistant Essential
    • Doc and Form Builder
  • Summer Access –PR. For non-graduating students, you can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw, Practical Law, and the Practice Ready solutions, 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 the following:
    • 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. If you have any questions, please contact your Thomson Reuters Academic Account Manager.


Tarlton's Guide to Bar Admissions Information and Materials

Graduating and getting ready to take the bar? Check out the library's guide to Bar Admissions Information and Materials.

State Bar of Texas

The State Bar of Texas is the fifth largest organization of lawyers in the United States. The State Bar Act, adopted by the Texas Legislature in 1939, mandates that all attorneys licensed to practice law in Texas be members of the State Bar.

American Bar Association

Other Libraries in Texas

No matter where you end up practicing, you may find yourself in need of a local law library for its print or online resources. Local law libraries often have a version of Westlaw that they make available to patrons. The Texas State Law Library has compiled a list of academic and county law libraries in Texas. Listed below are the other law libraries in Austin open to the public besides Tarlton. UT Libraries also offers certain services for UT alums.