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Access after Graduation & Summer Access: Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, and Westlaw

Bloomberg Law:

  • Graduate Access
    • 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.
  • Summer Access
    • Continuing students have automatic full, unrestricted access to Bloomberg Law during the summer.

If you have any questions about your Bloomberg Law account, please contact Tarlton’s account representative, Michael Calder, at


Lexis Advance:

  • Graduate Access
    • 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 2019 will have access to the Lexis Advance research platform through December 31, 2019. Nothing extra is required to receive this access. The student’s Lexis ID will simply remain active until December 31, 2019. Having this extra time is helpful for new graduates as they prepare for the bar exam and 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:
  • Summer Access
    • Continuing students have automatic full, unrestricted access to Lexis Advance during the summer.

If you have any questions, please contact our Lexis account representative, Paul Cooper, at



  • Graduate Access
    • Graduating students can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for 18 months after graduation through Westlaw's Grad Elite program. Extend access by logging into 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
    • ‚ÄčContinuing students can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw, Practical Law, and the Practice Ready solutions, over the summer for non-commercial research. You do not have to do anything to gain access to these tools over the summer. 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

If you have any questions, please contact our Westlaw account representative, Tiffany King, at


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.

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.