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Legal Information and Scholarly Communication (Certificate)  
Program Description

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.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

School of Information -

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.

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Campuses where offered
Main Campus - Tucson UA Online  
Admissions Contact
Grace Ann Green
Graduate Program Coordinator
Grace Ann Green
Director of Graduate Studies
Michael G Chiorazzi
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Jessica N Kniest
Tuition and Fees
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Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

The School of Information applies the same minimum criteria as it does for the Master of Arts in Library and Information Science.

  • a bachelor's degree from an accredited school/institution
  • a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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:

  • A 750-1000 word, double spaced statement detailing why the applicant is interested in the field of iArchival Studies. This statement should reflect some knowledge of the directions of the field and what the role of professionals in the field might be in the future. The statement should demonstrate excellent organizational and writing abilities. The statement may be attached to an email and submitted electronically.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from persons familiar with applicant's academic abilities and/or professional potential.  Letters should be written by faculty members, work supervisors, or other professional colleagues. The letters should be dated (no more than one year old) and in sealed envelopes from the author. There is no form for these letters. A recommendation letter may be emailed directly to School of Information ( from the author or may be submitted by the applicant in a sealed envelope.
  • Two (2) official transcripts from each college or university attended in sealed envelopes. Do not send transcripts to the Graduate College or the Office of the Registrar.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae. The resume may be attached to an email and submitted electronically.
  • Send admissions materials to:
    ​School of Information
    The University of Arizona
    Harvill 409
    1103 E 2nd St
    Tucson, Arizona 85721 
  • Items sent electronically should be directed to

  • If adding a certificate and you are a graduate, degree-seeking student, please apply online to the Graduate College. The application fee is waived.
Standardized Tests

No standardized tests required.

Financial Aid

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.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic and International Applicants:

  • Fall semester - March 1
  • Spring semester - November 1
  • Summer semester - April 1
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

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]:

  • LIS 589: Scholarly Communication (3 units)
    Structure and workings of scholarly communication and products in the U.S. Examines the content and technology of scholarly communication in various disciplines.
  • LAW 689: Advanced Legal Research (3 units)
    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.
  • LIS 693: Internship (minimum of 3 units; maximum of 6 units)
    Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.

Choose One [3 credits]:

  • LIS 572: Government Information: Policy and Resources (3 units) 
    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.
  • LIS 584: Introduction to Copyright (3 units)
    Introduces the basics of copyright law and fair use, also discusses the theoretical foundations and history of copyright and the public domain. These issues are placed within a broader multicultural and international context. By the end of the course students will: (a) know the basics of copyright law and fair use as they apply to libraries and related information services, and (b) understand the importance of balancing the rights of intellectual property owners with the societal need for a robust public domain.

Electives [3-6 credits]:

  • LIS 518: Information Quality (3 units)
  • LIS 532: Online Searching (3 units)
  • LIS 575: User Interface and Website Design (3 units)
  • LIS 651: Information Policy and Cultural Perspectives
  • LIS 671: Introduction to Digital Collections (3 units)
  • LIS 672: Introduction to Applied Technology (3 units)
  • LIS 673: Managing the Digital Environment (3 units)
  • IRLS 681E: Law Library Practice & Admin (3 units)

Please note: Other elective courses may be approved by the Certificate Advisor, Dr. Michael Chiorazzi or the School of Informaton Curriculum & Instruction Committee.

Minor Requirements

No minor requirements.

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Last revised 29 Jan 2016