This week in the Law Library we’re celebrating our graduates; providing information on graduate and summer access to Lexis, Westlaw, and B-Law; reminding you of our Bar Exam resources; and celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
A heartfelt congratulations to all of our graduates! You’ve done a fantastic job under difficult circumstances. We’re so proud of you and excited for your journey ahead!
Access to Lexis, Westlaw, & Bloomberg Law for Summer or After Graduation
Post Graduation Access
When you graduate, you’ll automatically have seamless Lexis+ access for 6 months, excluding public records. Continue to use your law school username and password while you prepare for the bar exam and employment. Plus, access exclusive resources and a Rewards program for graduates.
Lexis Aspire Program
Any graduating student who has verifiable employment with a non-profit organization can apply via Lexis ASPIRE program for 12 months of free Lexis access. Students can visit http://www.lexisnexis.com/grad-access for details on either of these offers.You’ll also have access to exclusive resources related to the transition from law school to employment and a Graduate Rewards Program.
May 2022 Graduates will see grad access info when they sign on to the Westlaw Law School Portal. Access is “normal” until May 31st. Starting June 1-Nov 30th graduates will have 60 hours of usage per month for 6 months. Direct link to extend for grad access is https://lawschool.westlaw.com/authentication/gradelite
All graduates will also automatically retain access to a number of job searching databases for 18-months following graduation for 1-hour a month. Please contact the Westlaw Representative for more information.
B-Law (Bloomberg Law)
2022 Graduating students will have unlimited and unrestricted Bloomberg access until December 2023.
Summer 2022 Access
If you’re already registered for Lexis, you don’t need to do anything else to get Summer Access. Access is unlimited for any purpose.
You can use Westlaw 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
Please contact the Westlaw Representative for more information.
B-Law (Bloomberg Law)
If your workplace has a Bloomberg Law account, you are expected to use that, but there are no restrictions on your student Bloomberg accounts over the summer.
Bar Exam Study Resources
Congratulations! You have made it through law school but now the bar exam looms. Don’t worry, the Law Library’s got your back. When you’ve caught your breath and you’re ready to start your bar studying, we have resources that can help. Check out our Bar Exam Research Guide.
Legal Research Competency & Legal Technology Competency programs
The Law library is pleased to announce the launch of two new learning opportunities for UC law students. The Legal Research Competency and Legal Technology Competency programs are designed to provide UC law students with additional skills to build their resume. Successfully completing one, or both, of these programs will show potential employers that you are ready to handle complex legal research issues, and that you are skilled in using the technology tools that are prevalent in today’s practice of law.
Legal Technology Competency Guide
May Is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!
This month we’re celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month! After decades of celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week, Congress finally passed Public Law 102-450 which annually designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. Read President Biden’s 2022 Proclamation on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, And Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
UC College of Law & Campus Celebrations for Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month
UC Alumni Association Celebrates Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
Melissa Cox Norris, Library resources in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, LiBlog (May 11, 2022)
Library Displays at UCBA, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
5 Resources to Learn More About Asian American and Pacific Islanders in/and the Law:
May ABA-Wide 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge © AAPI Heritage Month
The goal of the Challenge is to assist each of us to become more aware, compassionate, constructive, engaged people in the quest for racial equity, and specifically to learn more about the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. It transcends our roles as lawyers. Non-lawyers are also welcome to participate.
ABA Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage (PDF)
A presentation featuring leaders in activism and the legal profession who are of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage.
ABA Section on Civil Rights & Social Justice, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2021 Webinar Series
A month-long webinar series created last year that dives into the experiences of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities along with the social, political, and economic issues they have and continue to face.
U.S. Courts, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is observed throughout May to pay tribute to the achievements of generations who have contributed to American life. The federal courts join in celebrating their accomplishments at every level of the Third Branch of government.
National Association for Law Placement (NALP) Demographics
From the 2021 NALP Report on Diversity in Law Firms:
Percent Asian: 4.30%
Percent Asian Women: 1.73%
100 or Fewer Lawyers in the Firm:
Percent Asian: 3.53%
Percent Asian Women: 1.71%
Percent Asian: 3.70%
Percent Asian Women: 1.52%
Percent Asian: 3.45%
Percent Asian Women: 1.36%
Percent Asian: 3.65%
Percent Asian Women: 1.54%
Percent Asian: 4.96%
Percent Asian Women: 1.99%
Percent Asian: 2.12%
Percent Asian Women: 0.85%
Percent Asian: 12.49%
Percent Asian Women: 7.39%
100 or Fewer Lawyers in the Firm:
Percent Asian: 10.85%
Percent Asian Women: 5.32%
Percent Asian: 9.67%
Percent Asian Women: 6.03%
Percent Asian: 10.56%
Percent Asian Women: 6.14%
Percent Asian: 11.27%
Percent Asian Women: 6.58%
Percent Asian: 13.42%
Percent Asian Women: 7.97%
Percent Asian: 1.56%
Percent Asian Women: 0.78%