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Lawyer and Law Student Criminal (or unethical) Use of Lexis & Westlaw


From Law in the News:

“Utah opinion notes “numerous” law students report employment is conditioned upon criminal misuse of free Wexis access

Excerpt: “According to a recently released opinion from the Utah State Bar Ethics Advisory Committee, it is professionally unethical for a practicing attorney to ask a law student to use her free Lexis or Westlaw account for firm work.  The big commercial legal research companies provide law students with free access to their services to help in the development of student legal research skills. Typically, students sign an agreement with the provider stating that they will use their free access only for educational and non-profit purposes….” [Link to full Legal Skills Prof blog post.]

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