Databases Available While in Law School
The Law Library pays an annual subscription to both Lexis and Westlaw based on the number of enrolled law students. We are charged a discounted academic rate and in return for this access, Lexis and Westlaw place restrictions on the use of the passwords by law students. CasemakerX is free for law students and there are no academic restrictions on use.
Click each tab for guides to using the databases, and for information about summer access or access after graduation.
Law students receive their passwords during orientation in August. If you are a transfer law student, transient law student or a LL.M. student, please contact Tom Heard email@example.com to arrange to pick up your passwords.
Your employer should not put pressure on you to use your academic passwords for your job. This would put you in violation of your agreement with Lexis/Westlaw and violation of the School of Law Student Disciplinary Code.
In addition to sanctions by the School of Law, a contract violation can result in having to pay the vendors for the services misused at commercial rates. Moreover, violators are likely to lose their privileges to use LEXIS and WESTLAW as students. A pattern of violations at our school could result in the vendors canceling our contracts, which would have a devastating impact on all students and faculty.
In some states, the attorney could be found to have violated professional ethics. See the Utah State Bar Ethics Advisory Opinion No. 11-03 on the unethical practice of attorneys asking law students to use their academic Lexis and Westlaw accounts to conduct legal research for work.