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Who May Access LexisNexis and Westlaw

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. Except as set forth in "Summer Use of Lexis and Westlaw" below, academic purposes do not include work projects related to full-time/part-time jobs or summer clerkships.

Obtaining LexisNexis and Westlaw passwords

UNC Law Students

IDs and passwords are distributed during first-year orientation. Students who have misplaced or forgotten their password should contact Reference Librarian Nicole Downing at or 919-843-9734.

Transfer Students

Students who transfer to UNC Law should contact Reference Librarian Nicole Downing.

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 Nicole Downing.

Printing & Technical Support for LexisNexis and Westlaw


LexisNexis provides free printing for Carolina Law Students. The printer is located near the rumpus room outside of the student organization offices. If you have questions regarding your Lexis account, please contact Shanda Lewis ( or Reference Librarian Nicole Downing (

Westlaw does not provide printer service to law schools. In the absence of a printer, WestlawNext and Westlaw Classic offer a number of alternative document delivery options, including folders, download and email. If you have questions regarding your Westlaw account, please contact Kyla Stone-Shank ( or Reference Librarian Nicole Downing.

Technical Support

  • LexisNexis: 800-45-LEXIS (800-455-3947)
  • Westlaw: 800-WESTLAW (800-937-8529)

Summer use of LexisNexis and Westlaw

Lexis Advance

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).

Graduating students will automatically have access to Lexis Advance for a temporary period after graduation. Look for your new Graduate Homepage to go live for more information.

If you have any questions about Lexis Advance registration, please contact Reference Librarian Nicole Downing.


Non-graduating Carolina Law students will continue to have access to Westlaw throughout the summer. However, Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw, Practical Law, and the Practice Ready solutions, can only be used over the summer for non-commercial research. 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:
  • Summer Coursework
  • Research Assistant Assignments
  • Law Review or Journal Research
  • Moot Court Research
  • Non-Profit Work
  • Clinical Work
  • Externship Sponsored by the School

Graduating students will have access to Westlaw and Practical Law for a temporary period after graduation. “Grad Elite” access gives graduating students 60-hours of usage per month, with no restrictions against using them for professional purposes. You will need to actively extend your access by logging into Westlaw after graduation.

If you have any questions about Westlaw registration, please contact Reference Librarian Nicole Downing.

Bloomberg Law Available to UNC Law Faculty and Students

UNC Law faculty and students are 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 Nicole Downing (

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.


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 to LexisNexis Academic is 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.

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