What library resources do Northwestern Law Alumni have access to?

Update: Due to COVID restrictions, the law library is not open to alumni at this time.

Borrowing materials: Law alums are always welcome back at the Pritzker Legal Research Center.  NLaw alums may request an Alumni Borrowing Card that entitles you to borrow circulating materials from the law library’s collection for 28 days.  Contact James Driscoll, Circulation Services Manager, to obtain a card.

Electronic resources: We do not have off-campus access to electronic resources for law alumni.  If you visit our library you may use one of our public computers to access many of our electronic resources including HeinOnline, JSTOR and BNA Premier.  However, several of our databases including Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg are only available to current faculty, staff and students of Northwestern Law.

For recent graduates:

  • Recent graduates will retain access to electronic resources like HeinOnline and Law360 via your NetID for as long as your NetIDs remain active (through Oct. 2020).
  • Graduates have 18 months of extended Westlaw access as part of our subscription to the Westlaw GradElite Program.  This includes access to Westlaw and Practical Law for commercial or noncommercial use.  You’ll have 60 hours/month of access for 18 months from the date of your graduate, if you register with the Westlaw GradElite Program.
  • Lexis typically provides graduates with unlimited access to Lexis Advance for six months following graduation.  This year your law school Lexis Advance ID has been extended through February 28, 2021. There is no registration required on your part and you can use your ID for any purpose during this time.
  • Bloomberg Law typically provides graduates with unlimited access for six months following graduation. This year 2020 graduating law students will have unrestricted access to Bloomberg Law through June 1, 2021.


Updated: Aug 17, 2020

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