LexisNexis program for law grads doing public service
Kudos to LexisNexis for their Associates Serving Public Interests Research (ASPIRE) Program which provides up to 15 months of free legal research services to law school graduates doing work for the public good. Law school graduates can sign up to access certain LexisNexis services free of charge here on the LexisNexis law school website. As many of us know, this is a difficult year for our graduating law students and LexisNexis says that they applaud new graduates who elect to pursue public interest work while waiting for their professional law firm practices to begin. Says Scott Collins, Vice President of Law Schools for LexisNexis, “we take public service work pretty seriously. That’s something that LexisNexis stands for. And if we can provide services for students that want to do that work in the short or long term, that’s a benefit to the student, to the agency they’re working for, to LexisNexis, to the law school, and for the firm these students may be going to.”
Public interest employment must be for a non-profit or charitable organization; government employment is excluded from the program. Documentation confirming eligibility for this program must be included. Eligible graduates include deferred fall associates pursuing public interest work during their deferral periods, 2009 graduates who elect to pursue public interest work while searching for law firm employment, and those 2009 graduates who pursue public interest work as a continuing profession. Eligible grads will get complimentary LexisNexis access throughout their public interest employment period, up until September 2010 maximum. The free LexisNexis access will include federal/state cases, codes, regulations, and law reviews.