The Legal Information and Scholarly Communication Graduate Certificate provides students with a background necessary to serve in a wide variety of libraries (public, academic, school, etc.), special libraries, archives, government agencies and businesses where legal information is important to the mission of the endeavor. As law firms grow in size and become more specialized, there is a growing need for researchers able to investigate legal issues and the underlying factual issues of litigation and transactional law. It is hard to imagine a discipline where legal issues don’t regularly arise.
Student Learning Outcomes
The Legal Information and Scholarly Communication Certificate program will provide students with the necessary skills to research all legal matters, from simple to complex. Student will develop a sophisticated knowledge of the American legal system and the common law as well as the regulatory and legislative state. This certificate will allow paralegals or law librarians to develop their information skills to enhance their careers. These skills should propel these graduates into professional environments such as academic libraries, public libraries, some law firms, and government agencies.
The ever-increasing pace of technological innovation requires a more information-savvy workforce that understands not only the how, what, where, when, and why of technology and data but how to apply that knowledge. At the University of Arizona’s School of Information, we have faculty and students engaged in research and education around all aspects of the information sciences without regard for disciplinary boundaries. We do research in: artificial intelligence; data management and curation; computer vision; computer-mediated communication and learning; natural language processing; social networking; human computer interfaces; dark networks; computational art creation; eCommerce, eGovernment, and eHealth; computational music; library sciences; educational and entertainment technologies; and much more.
We are preparing our graduates to be the doers, thinkers, solvers, and game-changers, not only of the problems and opportunities we see now, but also of the myriad scenarios we can’t yet imagine but are sure to arise during our students’ lifetimes.
The School of Information applies the same minimum criteria as it does for the Master of Arts in Library and Information Science.
All students are required to complete certificate coursework within 3 years.
A Graduate College admission application and $75 fee payable via credit card if applying only to a graduate certificate program. The following material is requried:
Items sent electronically should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
No standardized tests required.
Financial Aid Opportunities are available for students completing a certificate program through UA Online. Please see the program webpage here and contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OFSA) for more information.
There are funding opportunities available through the School of Information, if completing both a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science and a certificate program. Please see the School of Information Financial Aid webpage for information and deadlines to apply.
Domestic and International Applicants:
The certificate will require 18 credit hours. Nine (9) credits will consist of required core courses plus a required internship of 3 credits. The remaining 6 credits will be chosen from electives approved by the School of Information.
Required Courses [9 credits]:
Choose One [3 credits]:
Electives [3-6 credits]:
Please note: Other elective courses may be approved by the Certificate Advisor, Dr. Michael Chiorazzi or the School of Informaton Curriculum & Instruction Committee.
No minor requirements.