Graduate Certificate in Legal Information

Legal librarian

Gain the skills and experience you need as a librarian or legal information professional to advance your legal information career in a variety of libraries and other law and legal information settings.

About the Certificate

The five-course, 15-unit Graduate Certificate in Legal Information, offered on main campus, is a collaboration between the School of Information and the Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library at the James E. Rogers College of Law.

There is a growing need for law librarians and legal information professions in a variety of settings, including law school and university libraries, law firm and corporate libraries, state and federal agency and court libraries, and special collections libraries. Indeed, it is hard to imagine a discipline where legal issues do not regularly arise. The Graduate Degree in Legal Information equips library and legal professionals to meed this demand.

Law librarians and legal information professionals engage in diverse areas of work and may specialize in foreign and international law, government documents, patents, scholarly communications, empirical services, administration and special collections, including archives and antiquarian books. 

Request Information

For more information about the Graduate Certificate in Legal Information, complete the form below or contact us at


American Association of Law Librarians

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) promotes and enhances the value of law libraries and legal information professionals to legal and public communities, fosters the profession of law librarianship and provides leadership in the field of legal information. When you enter this certificate program, you will be encouraged to seek student membership in this professional association, which will provide additional opportunities for professional development, networking, continuing education and employment.

Law Library Fellows Program

The Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library hosts a Law Library Fellows Program for students enrolled in the School of Information. Learn more about the Law Library Fellow Program and find out if you qualify while enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Legal Information.

Certificate Requirements

You must complete a total of 15 units to complete the certificate. This requires taking 9 units (LAW 689, LIS 572 or LIS 681E, and LIS 693), plus 6 elective units. All coursework must be completed within three years. Tucson-based students are encouraged to do their internship at the Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library when possible.


Legal Information Graduate Certificate students must take 1) LAW 689: Advanced Legal Research and 2) LIS 693: Internship, as well as 3) one of either LIS 572: Government Information: Policy and Resources, or LIS 681E: Law Library Practice and Administration.

This course is designed to build on the knowledge and skills students have gained in previous course work and through working in the legal field. Basic research methods will be reviewed in the first part of the course. We will then examine more advanced research topics, such as administrative law research, advanced statutory research, legislative history and practice materials. The goal of this course is to assist students in making the transition from researching in the academic setting to researching in a practice environment. 

The U.S. government collects, generates, publishes and distributes a vast amount and variety of information. All information professionals-even those who do not intend to specialize as government document librarians-should understand the organization of and promote access to this body of work. In this course, lectures, discussions, and readings will acquaint students with theoretical and practical knowledge. The assignments will provide opportunities for deeper exploration of government information policies and resources. Graduate-level requirements include a policy paper worth 35% of their final grade.

This course will focus on a wide range of issues dealing with law library practice and administration, including but not limited to digital law libraries, collection development, law library administration, teaching legal research, database management, professional ethics and intellectual property issues. Several classes will be taught by guest lecturers, primarily librarians from the law library.

Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment. Students concurrently enrolled in the M.A. LIS in the School of Information should enroll in a LIS 698 Capstone Internship for a 3 credit internship to satisfy the MA Capstone Internship requirement. See the MA Internship page for additional information.

Legal Information Graduate Certificate students must take two elective courses for a total of 6 units. List of elective courses coming soon.

Up to 6 transfer units can be applied to the certificate if approved by the certificate advisor. If you are officially enrolled in another School of Information graduate program you may count courses toward multiple use units as follows:
  • 12 units may be shared between the MLIS and Legal Information Graduate Certificate
  • 6 units may be shared between Legal Information and another graduate certificate program
The Graduate College does not allow course sharing among three programs, so MLIS students who enroll in more than one certificate may need to take additional courses to complete all program requirements.


Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants

  • Fall Semester: February 15
  • Spring Semester: October 15
  • Summer Semester: March 15

International Applicants

  • Fall Semester: February 15
  • Spring Semester: September 1

How to Apply

To apply, you must complete the University of Arizona Graduate College online application. Follow these steps:

  1. Create a GradApp account
  2. Complete your GradApp profile under "My Account".
  3. Select "Apply to a Program" from the sidebar.
  4. Choose "Graduate Certificate" under application type and then choose the certificate you are interested in.
  5. Choose the semester during which you wish to enter the program.
  6. Your application should now be initiated under "My Active Applications."

Admission Requirements

Applications to our certificate programs are reviewed by our Certificate Coordinator. To be admitted, you must meet the minimum requirements of the UA Graduate College, which include:

  • A bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona or from an accredited college or university recognized by the University of Arizona
  • A grade point average of 2.75 or higher

View All Graduate Certificate Admissions Information

Policies & Resources

Learn more about resources and policies applicable to graduate certificate students, as well as additional academic resources for new and current students, on our Graduate Certificatate Policies & Procedures page:

View Graduate Certificate Policies & Resources

Ready to transform your future with a School of Information graduate certificate?

Learn more about our graduate certificates by contacting us at, or review the admissions process and begin your application now:

Start Your Application