Who May Access LexisNexis
The Kathrine R. Everett Law Library subscribes to the commercial legal databases LexisNexis and Westlaw. Under the subscription contract, access is restricted to UNC Law faculty, students, and staff. However, other UNC patrons can use LexisNexis Academic or Westlaw Patron Access (WestPac) to access many of the resources available in LexisNexis and Westlaw.
Restrictions on the use of LexisNexis and Westlaw
Students may only use LexisNexis and Westlaw for academic purposes. Students may not use their academic IDs or passwords for work projects related to their full-time or part-time jobs, or for summer clerkships.
Obtaining a LexisNexis ID and a Westlaw password
UNC Law Students
IDs and passwords are distributed during the first-year library orientation tours. Students who have misplaced or forgotten their password should contact Reference Librarian Tim Gallina at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-843-4787.
Students who transfer to UNC Law should contact Reference Librarian Tim Gallina at email@example.com or 919-843-4787.
Law School Faculty, Visiting Law School Professors, Scholars, and Staff
Law school faculty, visiting law school professors, scholars, and staff at the law school are entitled to LexisNexis and Westlaw access. If you need access, please contact Reference Librarian Tim Gallina at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-843-4787.
Printing & Technical Support for LexisNexis and Westlaw
LexisNexis and Westlaw generously provide free printing of materials from LexisNexis or Westlaw for Carolina Law Students. The printers are located near the rumpus room outside of the student organization offices. If you have difficulty printing contact:
- LexisNexis: 800-45-LEXIS (800-539-4770)
- Westlaw: 800-WESTLAW (800-937-8529)
Summer use of LexisNexis and Westlaw
Carolina Law students will have full access to Lexis Advance all summer for both educational and work purposes. Students may use their Lexis Advance IDs to conduct research for their summer positions at law firms, courts, government agencies and public interest organizations (including internships, externships and clerkships). There is no longer a summer access registration requirement, so students who have already registered for Lexis Advance will not have to take any additional steps to continue using their IDs over the summer. If you have any questions about Lexis Advance registration, please contact Tim Gallina at email@example.com.
Access to Westlaw/WestlawNext is suspended during the summer months unless students register for a summer password extension through the Westlaw law school homepage (www.lawschool.westlaw.com).
Non-graduating law students are eligible for a summer password extension if they are participating in a qualifying summer activity, such as:
- Summer law school classes
- Law Review or Journal work
- Project for a professor
- Moot Court
- Unpaid/non-profit public interest internship/externship or pro-bono work required for graduation
** Students working for judges, district attorneys, public defenders, corporations, or law firms cannot extend their Westlaw passwords to conduct research for their summer jobs.
Graduating students can register for a password extension to prepare for the bar exam and will receive 5 hours of Westlaw access in June and 5 hours of access in July.
(*NEW*) Bloomberg Law Available to UNC Law Faculty and Students
UNC Law faculty and students are now eligible for access to the Bloomberg Law database. Bloomberg offers a variety of legal content, including primary law, federal dockets, current awareness tools and sample transactional documents. Users can also find information about specific corporations (current and past litigation, SEC filings, etc.) through the Bloomberg "Companies and Markets" page.
To request a password, please contact Reference Librarian Tim Gallina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access to CasemakerX & Versuslaw by UNC Law Faculty, Students, and Staff
CasemakerX now provides all Casemaker products to students at no charge. Students can also use this site for professional networking. To create an account, you will need to use your HeelMail e-mail account. Create an account by following the steps at http://www.x.casemaker.us/ and click on signup. Follow the prompts to create your account. It is not necessary to complete all of the personal information to create an account.
Versuslaw is a low cost legal service with national coverage. Content is limited in comparison to LexisNexis and Westlaw. Versuslaw is available to UNC Law faculty, students, and staff through the Law Library. Access requires individual registration.
Versuslaw Access: From the VersusLaw home page, scroll down to the "Special Groups" category and select "Law School." Click on "New Account Registration" link. The user agreement screen will appear next. Accept the terms and conditions and you will arrive at the Law School Program personal profile screen. An automatically generated password will be emailed to you.
Access to LexisNexis Academic by non-law Students, Faculty, and Staff
The University of North Carolina Libraries have a contract with LexisNexis for educational access to LexisNexis Academic for non-law students, faculty, and staff. Access is to LexisNexis Academic available through the UNC Libraries E-Research Tools page.
Access to Westlaw Patron Access by non-law Students, Faculty, and Staff
Westlaw Patron Access (WestPAC) provides access to North Carolina state and federal cases, Strong's North Carolina Index, Thorp's North Carolina Trial Practice Forms, the North Carolina Journals and Law Reviews and much more. WestPAC is available to all patrons on the two workstations directly across from the Reference Desk in the fourth floor reading room. Access instructions and a WestPAC guide are available at the workstation. Printing is available for a nominal fee with a library copy card.