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Preparing for the Bar: Library Information & Resources

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

Law Library Access: Summer 2021

Summer Law Library Access for December 2020 and May 2021 Graduates:

  • The Law Library Circulation Desk and Reference Office physical spaces will be closed, but staff will be accessible via email:
  • Mondale Hall and the Law Library are currently locked 24 hours a day, but December 2020 and May 2021 graduates have 24 hour U Card access through the July bar exam.
  • Campus Security will continue to provide walkthroughs of the building, though a security monitor will not be available in the Mondale Hall lobby as when on-campus classes are in session. 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.
  • Information about remote Law Library services may be found in the Law Student's Guide to the Law Library.
Summer Law Library and University Libraries Access for Pre-December 2020 Graduates:

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  Email:

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

Bloomberg, Lexis & Westlaw Access


Spring 2021 Graduates have continued access through Nov. 30, 2021. 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, Stefanie Schuette.


Spring 2021 Graduates have continued access through Dec. 31, 2021. This access is automatic (no registration required) and is unlimited (excluding Public Records) and unrestricted. Note: your LexisNexis Rewards points will expire on June 30, 2021. Also note: when you sign-on after July 5, your LexisNexis homepage will switch to the graduate view and you will receive a special graduation gift from LexisNexis.

ASPIRE Program for Grads at Non-Profit Organizations

Graduates working in 501 (c)(3) non-profit organizations work may apply for an ASPIRE ID which lasts 12 months beyond graduation. More information about Grad Access and the ASPIRE Program is available at

If you have any questions, please contact our Lexis Account Representative, Sarah Bigler.


Spring 2021 Graduates have access to Westlaw Edge, 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.



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