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Summer Research Tips

For law students working in a variety of legal settings.

Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw in the Summer

Planning to use a UCI database over the Summer?

  • Bloomberg BNA & Lexis: access is unrestricted for academic accounts – you can even use your account if you’re at a firm*.
  • Westlaw:Non-academic use is prohibited and you need to sign up for “Summer Extension.”
  • Others (e.g. HeinOnline, Legislative Insight): log into the Law VPN first.*

* Always check on your employer's policies for tracking and billing research costs.

Tips for every summer job

Want to start with a good secondary source?

Connecting from off campus?

  • Law IT Help Desk: (949) 824-1434 during regular business hours (Pacific)


Ask a librarian! If you don't have one at work, ask us. We'd love to help you make a good impression! Stop by, call, or email. 

Legal News

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Alerts and newsletters

Guides to current-awareness options for the major legal research vendors are at

Legal Newspapers

State-specific legal newspapers cover regional legal news, politics, and trends. California's legal papers include The Daily Journal and The Recorder.

Note that The Daily Journal does not offer institutional digital subscriptions, so the Law Library only has it in print. But The Recorder is available online for the entire Law School community, and it offers email updates.