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Westlaw Access Outside the Government Center (at home or office)

First Time Account – No Existing Account
To sign-up for temporary access to Westlaw, you MUST follow the instructions below and make sure to select the correct options that are presented in the instructions. Please note that you must agree to the terms and conditions set by Thomson Reuters – Westlaw.

Westlaw Patron Access – Outside the Library Sign-Up Link

Westlaw Patron Access – Outside the Library Sign-Up Instructions

    1. Access the Westlaw Edge trial page:
    2. Enter your email address.
    3. Enter your contact information. In the Organization Type field, please select Government – State or Local.
    4. Skip the “Add Colleagues” page.
    5. Click “I agree to Terms & Conditions” and click Create Profile.
    6. Create OnePass Profile and Security fields.
    7. Confirm your OnePass profile and click Get Started to begin searching on Westlaw Edge!
    8. IDs created using this link will have access to Westlaw and Practical Law for 14 days.

Existing Westlaw User or Request for Extended Access
If you created a free remote access account from the links above and ran out of time or have your own personal Westlaw account and need access to resources outside of your plan, send an email to to request access. The Library staff will request a temporary account for you. Please note that it can take 2 or so days to obtain the account.

Westlaw Access Inside the Government Center

To access Westlaw on a personal device inside the Government Center, patrons must connect to the complimentary public Hays County WIFI accessible within the building and then select one of the links below for access to Patron Edge or Drafting Assistant. 

Access Westlaw Patron Edge

Access Westlaw Drafting Assistant Essential

Westlaw Access for Hays County Employees

Hays County employees utilizing County devices should follow the links below. If you are in the office, you can click the link below, and no additional steps are necessary. If you are working from home or outside of the Government Center, you must connect to VPN before accessing the links below.

Access Westlaw Patron Edge

Access Westlaw Drafting Assistant Essential

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