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Summer Access 2020

Summer Use Policies for Research Databases


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
  • Clinical work
  • Externship sponsored by the school


RETURNING STUDENTS:  Like previous years students automatically receive access to Lexis Advance with their law school IDs during the summer – May, June and July.  During this period the permissible uses of their LexisNexis 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 students use their firm IDs rather than their law school IDs for billing purposes.

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.

Summer Research Assignment Tips and Strategies

These three LibGuides provide valuable advice on researching during summer employment.  These guides also give good advice about how to succeed in your internship.

Practical Law

Bar Association Resources

Administrative Law Links

Students commonly encounter administrative regulations during summer internships or paid work.  Regulations can be tricky because few courses deal with administrative regulations in depth.  If you find yourself tasked with trekking through the weeds to find an administrative regulation, look to the Administrative Law Research Guide.  This guide covers Federal Administrative Regulations and North Carolina Administrative Regulations.