Gain the needed skills to hit the ground running in an academic library, law firm or government law library.
About the Program
Law librarians work in a variety of settings including law school and university libraries, law firm and corporate libraries, state and federal agency and court libraries, and archives and rare book libraries. Law librarianship offers several niches and specializations including foreign and international law, government documents, patents, taxation, computer-related services, administration and special collections such as archives and antiquarian books. While approximately one-third of law librarians have law degrees, most positions do not require a law degree.
The University of Arizona School of Information and the Law Library of the James E. Rogers College of Law offer a two-year fellowship in law librarianship for lawyers seeking to become law librarians. Successful applicants will work 20 hours a week in the law library while pursuing the M.A. in Library and Information Science.
Law librarians hold a variety of positions in both public and technical services. They answer legal reference questions, teach legal research, order and process materials, and may also manage electronic access to library materials. Traditional areas of work include legal reference, collection development and management, acquisitions and cataloging.
The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) promotes and enhances the value of law libraries to legal and public communities, fosters the profession of law librarianship, and provides leadership in the field of legal information. Upon completion of this certificate program, you will be able to seek membership into this professional association. This opportunity will foster professional development, networking opportunities, continuing education and advancement opportunities. Students who acquire the Law Librarianship Graduate Certificate in addition to the Master’s and other certificates may be expected to gain extensive knowledge complementary to the core law librarianship, legal and governmental knowledge provided by the certificate itself.
You must meet the following requirements to be admitted to the Law Librarianship Graduate Certificate program:
- Must have or be concurrently enrolled in a Juris Doctor (J.D.) program from an ABA-accredited school.
- Must be concurrently enrolled (or already completed) an M.A. in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited school.
You must complete a total of 15 credits to complete the certificate. All coursework must be completed within 3 years.