Author Archives: Hastings Law Library

Spring 2014 Advanced Legal Research Courses

According to a 2012 LexisNexis survey of new attorneys, half of the attorneys surveyed think that legal research needs to be a larger part of the law school curriculum. Take advantage of what U.C. Hastings has to offer!  Enroll in one of two advanced legal research courses offered this spring:

California Legal Research (2 units): Wednesdays, 1:10-3:20 PM

Advanced Legal Research & Analysis (3 units): Mondays, 4:40 – 8:00 PM

Don’t be the new associate who racks up $20,000 in Westlaw charges during the first week on the job!  Learn the skills you’ll need now!

Learn the legal research skills used by practicing attorneys!

Join us at noon on Tuesday, October 22nd, in classroom 640 for a presentation by Jennifer Donnellan, principal at Cornerstone Law Group and former associate at Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold.  Jennifer will discuss her employment law practice and the legal research skills she uses on a daily basis.  After her presentation, librarians Hilary Hardcastle and Tony Pelcyznski will briefly demonstrate how to use the resources highlighted in Ms. Donnellan’s presentation.  Pizza and soda will be served.

Brown Bag Research Series: Bloomberg Law (Sept. 18)

Join us in the Rusty Dobbs classroom on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from noon to 12:40, for the inaugural program in our Brown Bag Research series! The series will include 40-minute classes on specialized research topics presented by the Law Library throughout the academic year.  This first program will focus on Bloomberg Law, which is positioning itself as a third high-end legal research service beside Westlaw and LexisNexis. Bloomberg Law offers comprehensive legal content, court dockets, SEC filings, and a wealth of current awareness tools, including BNA.  Best of all, it’s free to UC Hastings students and faculty! Come get tips from the UC Hastings librarians on how to use this powerful new tool.  RSVP to


Westlaw, Lexis, & BloombergLaw Summer Access


Current UC Hastings students may register for full Westlaw summer access to support:

  • Summer law school classes
  • Law review and journal work
  • Projects for a professor
  • Moot court
  • Unpaid non-profit public interest internship/externship or pro bono work required for graduation

Your law school password MAY NOT be used for law firms, government agencies, corporations, or any entity that is paying you to conduct research or passing the costs of your research to a third party. If you have questions, contact our Westlaw Representative.

Graduating students’ passwords expire on May 31, 2012, but can be extended for bar preparation.


If you have already registered your Lexis Advance password, you don’t need to do anything to continue access over the summer.  If you haven’t registered yet, click here to register.  For summer access to “classic” Lexis, click here.  You may only use Lexis Advance and classic Lexis for education uses, which include:

  • Summer course preparation and assignments
  • Research associated with moot court, law review, or law journal
  • Research associated with pursuing a grant or scholarship
  • Services as a research assistant to a professor, whether paid or unpaid
  • An internship, externship or clinic position for school credit or graduation requirement
  • Study for the bar exam
  • Research skill improvement for educational purposes

See LexisNexis’ Policy on Use of Law School Education IDs for more information, or contact our LexisNexis Representative.  Students and graduates who provide public service, paid or unpaid, for credit or not-for-credit, may apply for the LexisNexis ASPIRE program and gain full access to Lexis Advance.  Contact our LexisNexis Representative for more information.


There are no restrictions on your BloombergLaw account over the summer.  If your workplace has its own BloombergLaw account, however, you are expected to use it.  To sign up for a BloombergLaw account, just email a request to our BloombergLaw representative, Tracey Broadhead Frith at

Supreme Court Database – Statistical Analysis

The Supreme Court Database has been enhanced and rereleased.
The database currently contains data from 1953 to 2008. It will be updated each term going forward. The site has a streamlined interface that allows anyone to go online and pull up cases with ease. You can perform simple analyses or use the downloadable formats for analysis in a variety of statistical packages.

The Database contains over two hundred pieces of information about each case decided by the Court between the 1953 and 2008 terms. Examples include the identity of the court whose decision the Supreme Court reviewed, the parties to the suit, the legal provisions considered in the case, and the votes of the Justices.

The site has received funding from the National Science Foundation, and has started the process of coding all cases from the court’s first decision in 1792 to 1952.