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Dockets and Court Documents in Bloomberg Law: Getting Started

Provides step-by-step instructions for locating court dockets in and retrieving court documents from Bloomberg Law.

About Bloomberg Law

Bloomberg Law is a robust, web-based legal research resource that, in some ways, rivals Lexis and Westlaw.  Among the content available in Bloomberg Law:

  • Federal court dockets
    • Bloomberg Law is an excellent alternative to PACER.
    • It provides access to all dockets available in PACER, and there is no charge to search dockets or to retrieve court materials from Bloomberg Law.
  • State court dockets
    • While selected state court dockets are available in Bloomberg Law, most state court materials cannot be accessed through your UCLA Law account.
  • BNA publications
  • EDGAR
  • Getting the Deal Through treatises
  • DealMaker forms
  • Practice Centers that provide convenient access to primary and secondary resources in legal fields such as antitrust, banking and finance, bankruptcy, corporate/M&A, employee benefits, health, intellectual property, labor and employment, securities, and tax.

The purpose of this LibGuide is to provide step-by-step instructions on how to locate court dockets in, and to retrieve case materials from, Bloomberg Law.

For members of the UCLA Law community: Bloomberg Law is not IP-authenticated, but you need your own Bloomberg Law login credentials to access it.  If you have not registered for a Bloomberg Law account, follow the instructions below.

Bloomberg Law is also available for use on mobile devices.  The app enables you to view results for legal and news searches, track dockets, view and share legal documents, and view news and company information.  Full use of the app requires a Bloomberg Law subscription.  The app is FREE and may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store for iOS devices and from Google Play for Droid devices.

 

How to Register for a Bloomberg Law Account

Bloomberg Law accounts are available for students, faculty, and staff at the UCLA School of Law.  If you do not have a Bloomberg Law account, please follow the registration instructions below.

  1. Navigate to the academic registration page: https://profile.bna.com/bloomberglaw-activate.
  2. You do not need to input an activation code.  Provide your name, email address (make sure to use your law school email address!), law school affiliation, and current role (e.g. Full-Time Student, Full-time Professor/Instructor, Adjunct Professor/Instructor, Dean Administrator, Career Services, or Fundraising/Development.
  3. Click the check box to agree to the terms and conditions of service (once you have read them), and enter the CAPTCHA word.  Then click the green button to Submit.
  4. It can take up to 24 hours for the registration to be processed (i.e., for Bloomberg Law to confirm an individual's affiliation with UCLA Law), so do not be alarmed if you do not receive an immediate response.  If you need more urgent access, contact a law librarian.
  5. Once your account is activated, you will log in to Bloomberg at http://www.bloomberglaw.com.