University of Wisconsin–Madison

Resources for Summer Associates

For those of you heading to summer employment as an associate, clerk or intern, expect to spend the majority of your time doing research. Cost-effective, analytical, legal research plays a central role in the practice of law. This article highlights resources which will be helpful with your summer research projects.

Bloomberg Law, Lexis & Westlaw

Bloomberg provides unlimited and unrestricted access to law students over the summer. If you have any questions about your password or registration, follow this link:

For LexisNexis, law students can use their Lexis Advance ID this summer for work or academic purposes -- access is unlimited and unrestricted.  If you are not a registered Lexis Advance user (or just not sure), contact our account executive Liz Zona,

Westlaw allows law students to extend their passwords over the summer for law school classes, law review and journal work, projects for professors, Moot Court, or unpaid internships. If you have any questions about Westlaw access, please contact our account manager Dennis Elverman,

UW Madison Library Collections

Your UW net ID provides remote access to most of the electronic library subscriptions available on the Madison campus. Whether it is finding a law review article, compiling a legislative history, or locating a brief, become familiar with the Law Library's Top Law Database list.  Looking for resources in disciplines beyond law? The UW Madison Library web site provides access to more than 1300 databases, not to mention books, journal articles and newspapers.

Research Guides

LibGuides, compiled by the UW Law School reference staff, identify the most authoritative sources of law for a given topic. Listed below are some of the guides you may find particularly useful when starting a research project this summer:

Low Cost Legal Resources in Dane County

Wisconsin Legal Information Sources Guide

Wisconsin Legislative History

Bankruptcy / Debtor Creditor Proceedings

Employment & Labor Law

Federal Tax Research Sources 

Foreign & Comparative Law

Patent Law

Securities Law 

Secondary Legal Sources

Call, Email, Chat, Facebook

The UW Law Library is open all summer so feel free to call, email or chat for reference assistance.  Plus check us out on Facebook, where we post announcements or promote new resources. Don't hesitate to consult with the reference librarians regarding legal research strategies, useful secondary resources, website suggestions, or mobile applications.


Submitted by Cheryl O'Connor on May 1, 2013

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