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Preparing for the Bar Exam: Library Information & Resources

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

Law Library Access: Summer

Summer Law Library Access for December 2023 and May 2024 Graduates:

  • December 2023 and May 2024 U of M Law grads have 24 hour U Card access through the July bar exam.

  • Campus Security will provide walkthroughs of the building, including the library in the evenings (schedule subject to change). As always, please do not let anyone else into Mondale Hall or the Law Library with you, and do not to leave your possessions unattended. For additional security information and resources, see the Security section in the Law Students' Guide to the Law Library.
University Libraries Summer Access:

Summer 2024 Facilities Alerts

Facilities Projects in the Law Library & Mondale Hall

Updated information will be added here as it becomes available
  • Law School Courtrooms 
    • The University will start pre-construction after Commencement. 
    • Construction will run from mid June to mid October. 
    • There will likely be intermittent noise in mid to late May while facilities prepares the space. 
    • The loudest work will be saw cutting for the renovations related to the brick.  This expected to happen after business hours during June and July.  
  • Concrete work on the south side of the building 
    • Date: Starting Monday, May 13th through end of June. 
  • Annual paint touchup through the library
    • Date: June 24th - July 5th
  • Remapping of the 2nd Floor outlets in the Loft area
    • Date: TBD
  • Annual window cleaning
    • Date: TBD
  • Updating of the sprinkler heads throughout the Law School 
    • Date: Starting in May
  • University is updating the lighting and walkways behind Mondale Hall 
    • Date: Starting in May

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

Earplugs are available anytime at the Circulation Desk.

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!

Summer Reference Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 4:30pm (Closed Noon - 1pm) 
Closed: Memorial Day, May 27, Juneteenth, June 19 & July 4

Phone: 612-625-4309 |  Email: | Chat Live


Bloomberg, Lexis & Westlaw Access - May Graduates

Spring 2024 Graduates have continued access through Nov. 30, 2024. This access is automatic (no registration required) and is unlimited and unrestricted. 
If you have any questions, please contact the Bloomberg Law Help Desk or our dedicated Client Service Partner, Nick Jeon.

LexisNexis Graduate Access: graduating 3Ls have continued access to Lexis upon graduation to keep their skills up to date and use for job and interview preparation. The Graduate Program gives extended access to Lexis+ to spring graduates via their law school IDs through December 31, 2024. This ID also grants them access to the Graduate Home Page and gives them a graduation gift (detailed in the flyer). No registration is required. The transition from a regular law school ID to a graduate ID happens automatically on July 1st, 2024.

LexisNexis Unlimited Summer Access for Students: Lexis is providing full access to Lexis+® through students’ law school ID throughout the months of May, June, July, and August. Continued access includes Lexis+ AI, all research tools, search history, and the same exclusive content and practical guidance available all year long. Whether clerking, interning, or working at a firm, students can use their law school ID.*

Lexis ASPIRE Program: provides 12 months of free access to federal and state cases, codes, regulations, law reviews, Shepard's® Citation Service and Matthew Bender® treatises to graduates who are engaged in verifiable 501(c)(3) public interest work. Apply for ASPIRE access at:

If you have any questions, you may contact our Lexis Academic Account Representative, Sarah Bigler at


Spring 2024 Graduates have access to Westlaw Precision, Practical Law, Practical Law Connect, Drafting Assistant and Doc & Form Builder for 18 months after graduation. Your “Grad Elite” access gives you 60-hours of usage on these products per month to meet any research needs.
To extend access logon at:
Questions? Contact our Thomson Reuters Academic Account Manager, Peter Lippmann.

Bar Exam Books in the Library

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