Dec 15 2011

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Don’t Pay for PACER Anymore

Posted at 1:37 pm under Federal Legal,Free!

In the past, if briefs or other court filings were not available on Westlaw or Lexis, one would have to ask the librarian to access PACER to download the document at 8 cents per page. With Bloomberg Law, this is no longer necessary. Once you log in to Bloomberg Law, (Don’t have a password? Use this form to obtain one) click “Dockets,” then “Docket Search,” and you’re taken to a page where you can search federal and state dockets. When you view the docket, the entry numbers may be blue or green. The blue numbers are for documents that Bloomberg already has and are ready to download. Green numbers accompany documents that Bloomberg does not yet have. This does not, however, mean you cannot obtain the document. You can ask Bloomberg to retrieve the document (disregard the pop-up that says there will be an additional charge for electronic delivery; students are not able to incur charges on the law school account). If Bloomberg can obtain the document electronically from PACER, it will do so (and pay the 8 cents per page charge!). The only time you will not be able to get the document is if a courier to the court would be required. If you have any questions about using Bloomberg Law, feel free to stop by the reference desk.

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