Lexis Advance provides online access to U.S. federal and state law sources, as well as to sources of international law and the laws of a growing number of other jurisdictions. Sources vary by jurisdiction and may include constitutions, legislation, legislative history, statutory codes, regulations, regulatory materials, cases, case digests, citators, public records, law reviews, treatises, and general and legal news.
The Directory of Online Services provides detailed, current information on the databases offered by Lexis.
Please Note: Our academic subscription includes many but not all of Lexis’s databases.
Requesting Access to Lexis Advance:
Our license for Lexis Advance allows us to grant access to HLS faculty (including visiting faculty), HLS staff, and HLS students currently enrolled in either HLS classes or an HLS-sponsored Harvard joint-degree program only. At its discretion, Lexis may grant access to HLS visitors, including visiting scholars, researchers, and fellows, as well as students who are cross-enrolled in an HLS course. Lexis will generally grant access to HLS faculty research assistants who are not HLS students or staff.
New HLS students are provided registration codes to access Lexis Advance at the beginning of the fall semester. Returning students should continue using their Lexis Advance accounts from the previous year. Please stop by or contact the Reference Desk (617-495-4516) if you have not received or cannot find this information.
HLS Faculty, visiting Faculty, and Staff:
HLS faculty (including visiting faculty) and HLS staff may request access to Lexis Advance by emailing the Reference Desk from their HLS email account. Please include your full name and current position in the text of your message.
At its discretion, Lexis may grant access to Lexis Advance to certain HLS visitors (e.g., visiting scholars, researchers, fellows, and non-HLS students who are cross-enrolled in an HLS course). Lexis will generally grant access to HLS faculty research assistants who are not current HLS students or staff. Such individuals should email their access request directly to Lexis and include the following information:
- Name, telephone number, HLS email address (if you do not have an HLS email account, please explain why)
- Position at HLS (e.g., Visiting Scholar, Visiting Researcher, Fellow, Cross-enrolled Student, Faculty Research Assistant, etc.)
- Dates you will be at HLS, including start and end dates (month/year)
- If you are a research assistant for an HLS faculty member but you are not currently an HLS student or staff, please identify the HLS faculty member for whom you work. If you are a cross-enrolled student, please identify the HLS course in which you are enrolled.
Registering and Creating Your Lexis Advance Custom ID & Password:
To register your new Lexis Advance account, please go to: Account registration. As part of registration, you will be prompted to create your own personal Custom ID and Password.
Lexis Advance Training:
The Library sponsors Lexis Advance introductory, refresher, and advanced training sessions throughout the academic year for students who would like hands-on instruction. The sessions are taught by a Lexis Advance Research Attorney. Session dates, times, locations, and sign-ups are available at the HLS Library’s Legal Research Training Calendar.
Contacting Lexis Advance:
Lexis Advance Customer Support is available at: 1-800-455-3947
Our Lexis Advance Research Attorney is: Rebecca A. Erlichman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Help with Lexis Advance:
The Lexis home page offers a number of useful materials and services, including reference literature, research guides, tutorials, product tours, study aids, and outlines.
Please visit or contact the Reference Desk (617-495-4516) if you have any questions.