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Preparing for the Bar: Library Information & Resources

This guide provides information for graduates preparing for the bar exam.

Library Access Information: Summer

Summer Law Library Access for December 2018 and May 2019 Graduates:

  • New University of Minnesota Law School graduates have 24 hour access to Mondale Hall and the Law Library through the end of July
    • Keep your U Card with you for after-hours access and to show security monitors you are a recent graduate 
Summer Law Library and University Libraries Access for Pre-December 2018 Graduates:
  • Law Library public access hours:
    • Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
  • Wilson Library (West Bank) public access hours:
    • Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 8:00pm 
    • Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm 
    • Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Bio-Medical Library (East Bank) public access hours:
    • Monday - Thursday: 7:00am - 10:00pm
    • Friday: 7:00am - 6:00pm
    • Saturday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
    • Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Magrath Library (St. Paul Campus) public access hours:
    • Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
    • Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
    • Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Facilities Alerts

Facilities projects will be listed here to alert library users to any disruptions in Mondale Hall

Willey Hall Skylight/Mondale Hall (Law Library) Window Replacement & Repairs

Over the summer, a construction company will be replacing the 3rd floor Willey Hall Skylights that are just a few feet from the Law Library and replacing the 4th floor windows in the Law Library that overlook Willey Hall. This project also involves related masonry work. In addition, Willey Hall will have other extensive structural repair work done this summer. Unfortunately, this work will be very noisy and will negatively impact use of the Library.

This project is scheduled for May 20 to August 16. The work schedule will be from 7:00 am to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. But there may be days when the construction crew will need to work past 3:30 p.m.  As of now, the contractor does not have any work scheduled on the weekends. But the schedule is very susceptible to weather and they may need to have make up days on the weekend to stay on time.

We very much apologize for the noise caused by these projects over the next several months but the projects must be completed during the summer so that they do not disrupt the use of the Law Library during the school year.

LED Lighting Conversion Project

As part of a campus-wide project to convert existing lighting to LED lighting, the University’s Energy Management department will be installing some demo lights on the 4th floor of the Law Library sometime after May 19th and possibly during the week of May 20th.

Through signage placed in the lobby of the Law Library we will attempt to keep students up to date about the construction schedule and when use of the library will be disrupted by noise. 


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Michael Hannon at    

Once again, we apologize for any inconvenience caused by these summer projects.

Contact Reference Librarians: Summer

Our Reference librarians welcome the opportunity to assist you with quick reference and research-related questions.  We're also veterans of the bar exam ourselves.  Remember we're here to help!

Phone: 612-625-4309


Summer Reference Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 4:30pm

Bloomberg, Lexis & Westlaw Access

Bloomberg Law

All Spring graduates have unlimited, unrestricted access to Bloomberg Law for 6 months following graduation. This access is automatic (no registration required). If you have questions, contact our Bloomberg Law Representative, Diana Witt.

Lexis Advance

Spring graduates have access to Lexis Advance through Dec. 31, 2019. Your view will change to a Graduate homepage to reflect your new status on July 5, 2019. Graduates going into non-profit work may apply for an ASPIRE ID which lasts 12 months beyond graduation. Find out about both of these free programs at If you have questions contact our Lexis Representative, Sara Bigler.

On July 1st the graduates’ view of the Lexis Law School Home Page will switch from their current view to the graduate view. This new view will provide helpful information for their careers and job search.

Spring graduates have until June 30, 2019 to redeem their LexisNexis Rewards points.

Westlaw Edge

Spring Graduates have access to Westlaw and Practical Law, for six months after graduation. Your “Grad Elite” access gives you 60-hours of usage on these products per month to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills. While you cannot use it in situations where you are billing a client, Thomson Reuters encourages you to use these tools to build your knowledge of the law and prepare for your bar exam.
In addition, you have access to job searching databases on Westlaw Edge and TWEN for 18-months after graduation for 1 hour per month.
Extend access at: If you have questions, contact our Westlaw Account Manager, Mollie Benson.

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