Register for an account. Bloomberg Law is available to Law Center students and faculty. If you have not yet registered, you may activate an academic account. You do not need to enter an activation code, but you must register with your Georgetown e-mail address. You will receive your credentials within 72 hours.
Access dockets. You can access federal and state court dockets and documents on Bloomberg Law. Once you sign in, select Litigation at the top. Alternatively, select Dockets under the "Popular Links".
When searching by keywords, you may choose to search “Dockets Only” or “Dockets & Documents.” Note that the latter option only searches the full text of court filings that have already been loaded into Bloomberg Law from a court’s electronic document service.
You will see either “View” or “Request” next to each document. Click “View” to immediately open a document that has already been loaded into Bloomberg Law. If a document has not yet been loaded, click “Request.”
If Bloomberg Law has electronic access to the document, any associated PACER fee up to an annual cap of $1,500 will be waived for you as an academic user. To check how much of the $1500 annual cap you have available to use, please go to “My Dockets Billing” under “My Account.” For information on document retrieval fees, please search for “Dockets Pricing” on Bloomberg Law.
Click “Accept” to authorize the document request. Once available, the document will be emailed to you and added to your “Docket Requests” under “Litigation” from the top menu. If you have reached your annual cap of $1,500 in PACER fees, you may “View” documents already available on Bloomberg Law but may not “Request” documents until the annual cap is reset on January 1.
If a document is not available electronically (e.g., the document must be retrieved in person from the court using a courier service), you will be notified that the document falls outside our Bloomberg Law subscription.
Once you've signed on to Bloomberg Law, you can access their tutorial videos in the Bloomberg Law Help Center.
Once in the Help Center, navigate to Videos using the left hand column. The most useful videos for beginning users can be found in the Getting Started Videos, Court Opinions and Legislative tabs.
Sample Lessons on Bloomberg Law
Running time: 2:08 minutes
Created/updated: February 2020
Last reviewed: July 2020
Note: Docket usage is now subject to a cost cap