Computing and Technology: Westlaw

Registering for a Westlaw account

Members of the UI College of Law community are eligible for a Westlaw password at To register, proceed by clicking on "No" to the question "Do you have an existing OnePass profile?" under "Let's begin step 1." Students will need to use an individual Westlaw registration key to register. Transfer and other law students who need a registration key should contact Ted Potter, Reference Librarian, as detailed below

It is strongly advised that users register using their email address.

Users with questions regarding Westlaw registration should contact Ted Potter, Reference Librarian, at 319-335-9017 or

Westlaw summer and post-graduation access

Westlaw for Graduating Students

Iowa Law graduates have access to Thomson Reuters products, including 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 get access to job searching databases on Westlaw and TWEN for 18-months after graduation for 1-hour a month. Extend access by logging into


Westlaw summer access for Current Students

Iowa Law students who are continuing their studies may use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, over the summer for non-commercial research. You can turn to these resources to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills, but you cannot use them in situations where you are billing a client. Examples of permissible uses for your academic password include the following:

Summer coursework
Research assistant assignments
Law Review or Journal research
Moot Court research
Non-Profit work
Clinical work
Externship sponsored by the school

You do not have to do anything to gain access to these tools over the summer. If you have any questions, please contact Annemarie Milton at


Westlaw contact information

Law students with questions about their existing accounts and/or the content in Westlaw are encouraged to contact the Westlaw representative for the University of Iowa College of Law: 

Annemarie Milton, Academic Account Manager, Thomson Reuters,

Westlaw technical support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 800-850-9378

Westlaw research assistance questions may be also sent to, with responses normally sent within 24-48 hours, excluding weekends and holidays