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Summer Access 2024

Summer Use Policies

Instructions for Access


Students automatically receive access to Lexis Plus with their law school IDs during the summer – May, June & July.  During this period, the permissible uses of the Lexis Plus law school educational ID are expanded to include use at any law firm, government agency, court or other legal position, internship, externship or clerkship.

Students do not have to take any action to gain access. Their law school IDs can be used for any purpose over the summer, but students should check with their employers first. Some employers would rather use their firm IDs for billing purposes.

May graduates will have access through the end of the calendar year.  Student IDs will transfer automatically on July 1, 2024 to the Graduate Program which includes a graduation gift (see below instructions for access).

Summer Policy

You can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw®, Practical Law, and the Practice Ready solutions, 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 the following:

  • Summer coursework
  • Research assistant assignments
  • Law Review or Journal research
  • Moot Court research
  • Non-Profit work (either required for graduation or as part of a class)
  • Clinical work
  • Externship sponsored by the school

You do not have to do anything to gain access to these tools over the summer. If you have any questions, please contact your Thomson Reuters Academic Account Manager.


You can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for 6-months after graduation. Your “Grad Elite” access gives you 60-hours of usage per month.

1) Go to; Log in; Use the drop-down menu by your name to go to Grad Elite Status
2) Or Click on this link:

Remember that you have access to all of the NCCU Law Library Databases and Shepherd Library Databases using your NCCU Credentials. Included below is a list of some of the more commonly used databases.

If you receive the following message on or off-campus, you must enter your NCCU login credentials to access the database.