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A guide to using Bloomberg Law for law students, faculty, and attorneys

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Overview: Bloomberg Law

Bloomberg Law is a subscription-based service for online legal research. The service, which Bloomberg L.P. introduced in 2009, provides legal content, proprietary company information and news information to attorneys and other legal professionals.

This service provides access to cases, court documents, legislative documents, news, and company specific information. Bloomberg has a strong focus on the business and transactional side of the legal profession. Some of the information on Bloomberg is proprietary and cannot be found on the other services.

Access to Bloomberg Law can be found here. (You do need a subscription to access this service.)

Using Bloomberg Law

Once you login, you will be at the homepage for Bloomberg Law. The homepage gives you access to the Bloomberg Law databases and a number of way to search.

The search bar allows for searching that can be narrowed by jurisdiction or with advanced terms and connectors.

  • You can begin the search with basic terms and narrow the results into the categories you are interested in.
  • Using advance search terms will narrow the results and give more useful results
  • Using the citation for a case or law journal will jump to the relevant document if it is in the database.
  • If you type a phrase into the search box, then a drop down menu with recommended searches and search locations will appear. This box can be used to narrow the search results without going through the advance search features.

The getting started box allows for you to narrow the database before beginning your search.

  • If you click on the type of source (e.g., federal law), then a new page will open that will limit the search terms to chosen source.
  • You can then enter your search terms, or continue to narrow the database by selecting the type of documents, or the jurisdiction.
  • This system allows for you to drill down to the appropriate database before beginning your search allowing for more relevant search results.