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Job Searching and Career Development: Using LexisNexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law

Posted by Library Blog on 04/11/2013 at 01:18 PM

In addition to the resources of the Office of Career Development, you can use LexisNexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law for job searching and career development.  These are great services for researching attorneys, law firms and companies such as cases involved in and news stories about.

Bloomberg Law’s  “Career Insights” contains advice, suggestions, and tips from practitioners on topics such as career options, interviews, networking, your job search, professional development, and summer employment.  “Ask the Hiring Attorney” series of “Qs & As” are a must read before an interview with a law firm. 

*Bloomberg Law is available to you up to six months after graduation for all your research needs.  Click here for steps to register for Bloomberg Law.

The LexisNexis Law Schools homepage links to career resources for second and third year students (click “2Ls/3Ls” and select “Career Resources” from the pull-down menu).  You can read articles about networking and resume and interview preparation in addition to watching recorded webcasts on legal, pro-bono and alternative careers.  An excellent LexisNexis free web-based resource for information on hundreds of individual lawyers, law firms and organizations is Martindale.com.  Click the “Professional Development” tab to access the “Career Center Home” to search available jobs and read personal career stories as well as the latest news on career development.  Registration is required to post a resume or create a job alert.

*If you have a registered Lexis Advance ID, you have unlimited access to Lexis Advance for all your research needs while you are enrolled in the law school.

Westlaw’s “Career Focus” online and webinar training shows you how to use WestlawNext for networking, researching employers and law firms, prepare for informational interviews, and present yourself well in writing and in person.  There are guides for research and interview preparation with employers in corporations, government, judiciary, law firms, and public interest organizations.

*Extend your summer access to Westlaw Classic or WestlawNext if you are taking law school classes, working on law review or moot court, researching for a professor, or in an unpaid, nonprofit public-interest internship/externship pro bono work required for graduation.  Even if you do not meet the aforementioned criteria, limited access is still available in June and July.  Graduating students can access both Westlaw Classic and WestlawNext for up to five hours each in June and July.