General Information

Westlaw provides online access for Albany Law School students and professors to U.S. federal and state law sources as well as sources of international law and the laws of a growing number of other jurisdictions.

All Albany Law School students and faculty are provided with a Westlaw ID.  Westlaw requires all users to register their accounts. During the registration process, users will create a OnePass custom username and password.

Beginning July 30, 2013, students can no longer print Westlaw documents at no charge.  

Students may only use Westlaw for academic purposes; that is, for research related to coursework. All students also have access to Westlaw's new legal research system called " WestlawNext.

How to Access Westlaw
Go to: www.lawschool.westlaw.com and type in your Westlaw Password or your Username and Password. (You must register your Westlaw Password in order to use it.)

Westlaw Summer Password Extension (starting April 1)
Westlaw access is provided to non-graduating law students participating in a qualifying summer activity:

Summer Law School Classes
Law Review or Journal work
Project for a professor
Moot Court
Unpaid/non-profit public interest internship/externship or pro-bono work required for graduation.

Eligible students will need to register through lawschool.westlaw.com for the extension and they must agree that they will use their password for educational purposes. 

Westlaw Graduate Password Extension
Graduating students can extend their passwords for bar preparation and will receive 10 hours of Westlaw access during the summer months - 5 hours of access in June and another 5 hours in July.   

Eligible students will need to register through lawschool.westlaw.com for the extension. 

Technical Support
The Albany Law Library sponsors Westlaw introductory and refresher training sessions throughout the academic year for students who would like hands-on instruction. The sessions are taught by our Westlaw account representative. Information on trainings and other activities are posted to the Westlaw at Albany Law Facebook page.

Answers to many technical support issues can be found on the Web site ( www.lawschool.westlaw.com, click on Survival Guide) or by contacting our account representative, Holly Rush, at 1-413-841-0996, or  holly.rush@thomsonreuters.com or our student reps: Jenna Dana and Dustin Howard. Faculty and students can also contact Westlaw directly at 1-800-306-9378 or by e-mail at west.academic@thomson.com.

Helpful Resources

Register Your Passwood Demo
Westlaw Overview (.pdf)
Westlaw Research Guide (.pdf)
Intro. to Westlaw Next (.pdf)