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CALI Lessons

Chase Law Students and Law Faculty can access the CALI exercises.

Go to and follow the log-in instructions. 

Call Chase Law Library Reference Desk if you have any questions - 859-572-6484.

  • Cost of Legal Research
    This lesson will help you avoid the pitfalls of poor research strategy when using Lexis® service and Westlaw® and briefly introduce you to some cost-saving alternatives.
  • Introduction to Search Logic and Strategies
    Students will learn about keyword search formulation strategies and the mechanics of Boolean searching on both systems. This lesson will be useful for students with basic or intermediate keyword searching knowledge and experience.

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 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. 


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